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Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Role of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist The physiotherapy team at Beacon Hospital includes Specialists in Men’s and Women’s Health who have extensive experience and postgraduate qualification in this area. One in three women will experience pelvic floor dysfunction at some time in their lifetime. Pelvic floor physiotherapy assesses and treats the many symptoms associated with pelvic floor dysfunction. A physiotherapy assessment by a Specialist Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist is of paramount importance to ensure individualized treatment and optimize outcomes. Conditions treated:

  • Bladder and bowel symptoms
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain.
  • Post prostatectomy incontinence and sexual dysfunction

Inpatient Physiotherapy Physiotherapy is hugely important after many surgical procedures in the pelvic region and is integral to your recovery process. These surgeries may include hysterectomy, prolapse repair, surgery for urinary incontinence, prostatectomy.  After your surgery your Consultant will refer you for in patient/ward physiotherapy. The physiotherapist will meet with you on the ward and advise you on how best to recover after your operation. Once you are discharged from the hospital, you will be advised to re-attend for physiotherapy as an outpatient to provide you with an individualized pelvic floor exercise program. Outpatient Physiotherapy Appropriate referrals for outpatient physiotherapy include bladder and bowel symptoms, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction and pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain. All patients will be comprehensively assessed and treated by a physiotherapist who is specialised in this area. Your Consultant or GP may refer you to see a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist at Beacon Hospital; however we also accept self-referrals. Services provided include:

  • Manual therapy
  • Pelvic floor muscle training
  • Down training of the pelvic floor muscles
  • Bladder training
  • Education on bladder and bowel health
  • Management of prolapse
  • Electrotherapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Dilator therapy

Treatments will be aimed at the following:

  • Reducing pain and bothersome symptoms
  • Optimising bladder, bowel & sexual health
  • Improving pelvic floor muscle function
  • Restoration of quality of life

Beacon Physiotherapists are in constant communication with Consultant Gynaecologists, Urologists and Clinical Nurse Specialists to ensure a multidisciplinary approach to your care is provided. Coping and Support during your treatment Keep a positive attitude Incontinence is a common complaint that often goes untreated as some feel uncomfortable discussing it. If not addressed and treated appropriately this can lead to the complaint worsening and thus having a significant effect on quality of life. Extensive research has looked at various methods of treatment of incontinence. One of the most common forms of treatments used among health care professionals is strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. Physiotherapists, doctors and nurses know that pelvic floor exercises can help you to improve your bladder control. When done correctly, pelvic floor exercises can strengthen the muscles to help you regain continence. Make a plan with your physiotherapist and set goals of treatment. This will help you feel that you’re in charge of your condition, rather than vice versa. Studies show that people who take control of their treatment and actively manage their own medical conditions experience less pain and function better. Location We are ideally located on Level 2 of Beacon Hospital. Our Department is wheelchair accessible and comprise of a large gym area with consultation rooms. Charges and Insurance:

  • Initial Out Patient Assessment (1 hour): €110
  • Standard Out Patient Treatment (30 minutes): €55
  • Extended Out Patient Treatment (45 minutes): €75
  • In Patient Treatment: N/A
  • Adjuncts to treatment: Price on Request

Physiotherapy Re-Imbursement The different health insurance companies re-imburse varying amounts for physiotherapy treatments. There is also variability in the limit of physiotherapy sessions per annum that can be re-imbursed. We advise you to consult your individual health insurance company to find out how much you can claim with each physiotherapy visit. Physiotherapy costs can also be claimed against Tax using your MED 1 form. Please ask at physiotherapy reception for further details. Click below to learn about our Pelvic Floor Phsyiotherapy Team

  • Tracy Gallagher
  • Nessa Healy

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