By Tara Marwaha
Female pelvic health has been gaining traction for many years in all aspects of the media especially regarding concerns post-partum and during the menopause.
Female pelvic health encompasses women of all ages with unique health concerns from back and pelvic pain during and after pregnancy, symptoms of endometriosis, bladder and bowel incontinence and symptoms of menopause to name a few. It is estimated that pelvic floor dysfunction, including symptoms of urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse (POP), and anal incontinence affects up to 40% of women.
Working as a chiropractor allows me to treat women from all backgrounds including sports players, pre and post-natal mums as well as peri and post-menopausal women. It is evident from these ladies that hormones play a big role in their perceived levels of pain and can at times contribute to their recovery. Knowledge of how the female anatomy, including hormonal influences, differs from that of a male can help us prevent injuries, as some studies suggest that cyclical fluctuations of oestrogen and progesterone during the menstrual cycle affect the muscular-skeletal tissues.
Research in this field is still in its infancy and so much about female pelvic health is still to be discovered however progress is being made to help us as clinicians develop and understand more.
The women of Stroud are a strong, resilient and supportive tribe who have a lot of respect for their own individual health needs and at The Lansdown Clinic, we are hoping to be the epicentre of specialists to help support this. Our team has grown over the last 3 months with the addition of Lucy Hayes a women’s health physiotherapist who specialises in the treatment of pregnancy-related musculoskeletal issues, bladder and bowel incontinence, and post gynaecological surgery recovery, prolapse and many more.
Since the onset of the pandemic, the number of women in England waiting more than 12 months for specialist treatment for various women’s health conditions has risen from 66 to nearly 25,000 and here in Stroud, we would like to offer a place to support these ladies.
Lucy is at The Lansdown Clinic once a month face to face and is also available for telehealth virtual consultations if you would like to discuss your symptoms further.
Our aim is to continue to grow and develop our team of Women’s Health specialists in order to serve the women of Stroud better.
Tara Marwaha MChiro, DC, LRCC
The Lansdown Clinic