REFERRAL TO A WOMEN’S HEALTH PELVIC PHYSIOTHERAPIST OR PHYSICAL THERAPIST
No exercise program can, or should claim to, deal with every situation, and at MUTU System we know very well of the incidence of extremely severe diastasis or pelvic floor symptoms, hernia, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic girdle pain and other abdominal and pelvic conditions which fall beyond our expertise or ability to diagnose or resolve without medical intervention. You can read our full medical disclaimer here.
MUTU System programs are endorsed by respected Women’s Health Physiotherapists and can be the perfect complement to your prescribed treatment, but MUTU founder, Wendy Powell, is a fitness professional and makes no claim to being medically qualified. When you want or need to consult with a qualified medical professional for one on one, hands-on, personal diagnosis and help… You need to call in the Pelvic Cavalry. Here’s more information and who to call.
With thanks to Camilla Lawrence from Six Physio in London for helping us with much of this information. Contact details for Camilla and other recommended professionals are at the bottom of the page.
Profesional descriptions may include ‘Pelvic Physical Therapist’ or ‘Specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist / Physical Therapist’.
In the USA, WCS after a Physical Therapist’s name indicates that they are a ‘Women’s Clinical Specialist’ and are board certified by the Section on Women’s Health, as part of the American Physical Therapy Association.
In the UK, a specialist WHP is a Physiotherapist who has specialised in the fields of Obstetrics (pregnancy) and Gynaecology.
WHAT DOES A WOMEN’S HEALTH PHYSIOTHERAPIST DEAL WITH?
Obstetrics issues including:
Ante/Postnatal Joint Pain
Ante/Postnatal Muscular Pain
Ante/Postnatal Nerve Pain
Postnatal Diastasis Recti / Abdominal retraining
Gynaecological issues including:
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic Floor Pain
WHEN SHOULD YOU SEE A WOMEN’S HEALTH PHYSIOTHERAPIST?
When you are:
In pain. Could be pain in your back/neck/pelvis/ribs… If it hurts, get it checked.
When you have:
Pelvic floor problems (urinary or faecal incontinence, prolapse, pelvic floor pain, or are unsure if can contract correctly);
Significant diastasis recti > greater than 3 fingers width
Your current abdominal strengthening program is not working;
You feel anxious about returning to exercise safely post-partum;
You would like a Post-Natal MOT; or…
…You’re not sure if you need to or not!
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM YOUR CONSULTATION + TREATMENT?
30 minute- 1-hour appointments
Full Assessment (verbal history and physical assessment)
Treatment: Hands-on and Rehab
A course of individually prescribed treatment
GOALS + OUTCOMES
Freedom from pain
A strong, well functioning deep core and pelvic floor
Confident to exercise/lead a normal life
HOW TO FIND A WOMEN’S HEALTH PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Private practitioners in the US we know and love:
Tracy Sher MPT, CSCS AKA ‘The Pelvic Guru’ of Sher Pelvic Health + Healing in Orlando, FL, MUTU Pro Medical Advisor and Board Director of IPPS is a wonderful medical practitioner and source of information.
Deena Goodman PT, WCS, BCB-PMD, the Founder and Director of Goodman Physical Therapy, Inc in West Los Angeles.
Stephanie Prendergast MPT and her team at the Pelvic Health Rehab Centre have clinics in Berkely, San Francisco, Los Gatos and Los Angeles, as well as in Waltham, MA.
Jessica Drummond MPT, CCN, CHC, Founder and CEO of The Integrative Pelvic Health Institute in Houston.
Amy Stein DPT, BCB-PMD, IF and her team at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in NYC
Jessica Chastka PT, DPT and Jamille Niewiara PT, DPT and their team at Sullivan Physical Therapy in Austin, Texas
NHS | You can request a GP referral to a local Women’s Health Physio.
Website for the Chartered Society’s Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP) – Formerly the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists for Women’s Health ACPWH
Chartered Society for Physiotherapy Member Directory (choose ‘women’s health’ from the drop-down). We’ve found that sometimes this hyperlink is blippy… please copy and paste the full URL instead http://www.csp.org.uk/your-health/find-physio/physio2u
Private practitioners in the UK we know and love:
Camilla Lawrence B.SC (HONS), MCSP, MPOGP at SIX Physio Women’s Health | SixPhysio clinics across London
Helen Keeble BSc (Hons), MCSP at Helen Keeble Specialist Physiotherapist | Clapham Junction and Fulham, South West London
Lucia Berry MCSP, ACPWH, APPI at The Women’s Wellness Centre | Chelsea, London
Claire-Anne Rutherford B.SC HONS, MCSP, MACPWH at Central Health Physiotherapy | Chancery Lane, St Johns Wood and Chelsea, London
Sue Lewis MCSP, SRP, MACPWH at Sue Lewis Antenatal | Wimbledon, London
Emma Brockwell BSc (Hons), MCSP and Lisa Few BSc (Hons), MCSP at Women’s Health Physiotherapists at London Bridge Hospital | Tooley St, London
Niamh Burn Bsc. Hons MSCP SRP at Maternity Physio | North London
Our friend Kim Vopni at Pelvienne Wellness Inc has put together a comprehensive directory of Pelvic Specialist Physios right across Canada! Click the link to find one near you.
Continence Foundation of Australia service provider directory
We also love to work with:
Lori Forner BScH, MPhtySt, APAM at Lori Forner Physiotherapy in Brisbane QL
Please let your Physiotherapist or Physical Therapist know we sent you!
We make no claim to providing a definitive or exhaustive list of practitioners, nor do we make any assumption whatsoever to endorse or ‘approve’ the organisations or individuals listed. We are are a private postpartum-fitness company, not a medical database or accrediting body.
The aim of this page is to direct visitors in need of more specialist medical help than we can offer, to whose who can provide it.
We are delighted to add links to other resources who specialise in this area of Women’s Health. If you are one, or have been treated by one, please let us know!
FURTHER RESOURCES + LINKS
Great information in this article ‘What is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?’ from Pelvic Guru
… and also from Tracy Sher at the Pelvic Guru, The Ultimate Pelvic Anatomy Resource! Links, articles and videos – this post has EVERYTHING and is kept updated – an amazing resource.
Downloadable (free) PDF information leaflets and very helpful diagrams available from the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) (click ‘Patient Leaflets’)
Articles from world-renowned Physiotherapist Diane Lee Diane Lee and Associates
Nutritious Movement | Blog, resources and education products from renowned Biomechanist Katy Bowman
The Pelvic Partnership | Great resource for pelvic pain in pregnancy
MUTU SYSTEM ARCHIVE
Please also see the MUTU System Medical Disclaimer here