CONSULTING WITH 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.
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.
Professional 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 check-up; 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