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Beacon Physiotherapy offers assessment and treatment for specific conditions that require specialist expertise. Our pelvic health physiotherapists offer treatment for women and men of all ages, providing physiotherapy for pelvic floor problems including bladder, bowel, sexual dysfunction and pelvic pain.  We also provide physiotherapy care for women in the antenatal and postnatal periods.

Beacon Physiotherapists working in this area have completed specialised post-graduate training, in addition to their third level degree qualification.

At Beacon Physiotherapy we offer a comprehensive pregnancy and postnatal physiotherapy service. Treatment may include manual therapy and soft tissue release, individualised exercise programs to address weak and /or tight muscles, postural correction and activity advice.

Antenatal Conditions treated include:

  • Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)
  • Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
  • Rib pain, Thoracic Pain, Neck pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

We also offer a Postnatal Check Up which we recommend for all postnatal women. This includes assessment of the core/abdominals, pelvic floor and posture. We recommend addressing weaknesses early in the postnatal period, however it is never too late to have a complete women’s health assessment.

Our specialist women’s health physiotherapists offer a 1 hour comprehensive assessment tailored to postnatal women at any stage from 6 weeks after delivery. It addresses everything from back pain, abdominal weakness, bladder or bowel problems to prolapse and even dyspareunia (pain during intercourse).

Following the postnatal evaluation an individualised treatment approach is discussed and planned with the patient.

Pelvic floor assessment and rehabilitation is the recommended first line treatment for men and women with urinary incontinence. Our specialist pelvic health physiotherapists offer treatment in line with the most up to date evidence and recent advances in overactive bladder including pelvic floor exercises, bladder retraining and posterior tibial nerve stimulation.

• Stress Urinary Incontinence

• Urge Urinary Incontinence

• Overactive Bladder

• Male Incontinence

• Childhood Incontinence

Prolapse is extremely common in women who have delivered babies vaginally. Pelvic floor physiotherapy is shown to improve symptoms and increase the strength of the muscles which support the pelvic organs. Our specialist physiotherapists work closely with gynaecologists in helping women with vaginal prolapse.

Many patients with pelvic pain have tight, overactive pelvic floor, gluteals and abdominal muscles. Pelvic pain can often be accompanied by bladder, bowel and/or sexual dysfunction. Pelvic floor physiotherapy treats tension and trigger points within these muscles, restoring optimal function, which in turn reduces symptoms. Through education and self-management strategies, patients are empowered to understand and manage their symptoms.

In cases where there is an underlying painful condition such as endometriosis, interstitial cystitis or irritable bowel syndrome, pelvic floor physiotherapy is still effective in reducing pain and discomfort.

  • Pain during sex- Approximately 1 in 10 women experience pain during or after intercourse. This can often be due to tense pelvic floor muscles and increased sensitivity of the nerves around the vagina. Beacon pelvic health physiotherapists offers individualised treatment to address these issues with excellent outcomes for patients
  • Decreased sensation- Weak pelvic floor muscles can result in a reduction in sensation vaginally. A tailored pelvic floor program will focus on strengthening the muscles which can improve sensation by increasing blood flow & tone.

Our expert pelvic health physiotherapists work as part of a multidisciplinary team, with consultants and radiologists specialised in bowel and pelvic floor dysfunction

  • Bowel Control/ Faecal Incontinence- The muscle in the back passage (anal sphincter) can become weak and this can lead to a decreased ability to control. This is a common problem and responds extremely well to physiotherapy aimed at improving muscle strength and retraining the back passage to defer or “hold on”. 
  • Constipation- Patients who experience chronic constipation often present with pelvic floor dysfunction. Treatment to address the pelvic floor is extremely effective in improving bowel function.

What will my Chartered Physiotherapist do?

Your first session with a physiotherapist will include a detailed assessment which will begin with questions about your symptoms and general medical history. Everything you tell the physiotherapist will be completely confidential.

This will be followed by a physical examination. The type of examination carried out will depend on the condition you are attending with and may include an assessment of posture and function, muscle tone, flexibility and strength. Your chartered physiotherapist will then individualise your treatment based on your assessment.