What does a urogynaecological physiotherapist do?
A consultation with a urogynaecological physiotherapist is mainly dedicated to patients who experience various problems related to the function of the pelvis minor and the urogenital system. This specialist focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic dysfunctions that can affect patients' quality of life and physical performance. Here is what patients can expect during a urogynaecological consultation with a physiotherapist:
- Medical history: the urogynaecological physiotherapist will take a detailed medical history to understand the patient's health history, symptoms and any risk factors associated with pelvic dysfunction.
- Physical examination: During the consultation, the physiotherapist may perform a physical examination, which includes an assessment of pelvic structure, muscle tone, joint mobility and other factors affecting pelvic function.
- Education: the urogynaecological physiotherapist will provide the patient with information on the anatomy of the lower pelvis, the role of the pelvic floor muscles, and factors affecting genitourinary health.
- Therapeutic exercises: based on the assessment, the physiotherapist will develop a personalised programme of therapeutic exercises. These exercises may include strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, improving posture, muscle balance or relaxation techniques.
- Manual therapy: the physiotherapist can use manual therapy techniques to improve the flexibility and function of the muscles, joints and soft tissues in the pelvic area.
- Biofeedback techniques: In some cases, the physiotherapist may use biofeedback techniques that allow the patient to consciously control the activity of the pelvic floor muscles.
- Psychological support: Urogynaecological physiotherapists often offer psychological support to help patients understand and cope with any emotional aspects associated with pelvic problems.
A consultation with a urogynaecological physiotherapist can be beneficial for patients with a variety of conditions, such as urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction or bowel function problems. Working with a physiotherapist can help to improve quality of life by increasing body awareness, reducing symptoms and restoring pelvic function.