At Embody we treat women across their lifespan, from young adulthood, pregnancy, the post-natal period, menopause and beyond.
Lauren is our Physiotherapist with postgraduate training in this area, and she specifically treats conditions that are relevant to a woman’s continence, pelvic health and lactation.
If you suffer from any of the following, then contact our friendly reception staff to book a confidential consultation.
+ Continence, Bladder and Bowel Concerns
Stress Urinary Incontinence
This is when you leak urine when the pressure in your abdomen increases. This leakage often occurs during some or all of the following activities: coughing, sneezing, running, jumping, lifting or laughing.
Urinary Urgency and Urge Urinary Incontinence
Urgency is when you feel that sudden, overwhelming urge to urinate yet your bladder may not be even full. In some cases, you may even leak on the way to the toilet due to that sudden urge.
This is when you experience a combination of urinary symptoms. There will be increased urinary urgency, with or without urge incontinence. There also may be increased daytime and night time frequency of urination.
This is when you have leakage of either solid stool, liquid stool and/or wind.
+ Pelvic Organ Prolapse
The female pelvic organs include your bladder, uterus and bowel. These organs are held in place by ligaments and fascia and are supported by the pelvic floor muscles. If there is a loss of ligamentous/fascial support and your pelvic floor muscles are also weak, then this may result in one or several of these organs bulging into the vagina. Common signs and symptoms of prolapse include a feeling of heaviness or dragging sensation in the pelvic or vaginal area. Sometimes lumps or bulges are also felt in the vagina. Other symptoms may include difficulties emptying the bladder or bowel and sexual discomfort.
+ Sexual Pain
Pain during intercourse can be a distressing and frustrating experience. We offer treatment and support to women experiencing the following:
- Vulvodynia which involves pain, burning or discomfort in the vulval area.
- Vaginismus which is a spasm or contraction of the pelvic floor muscles during attempts at sexual intercourse. This may result in difficulty with penetration, pain with penetration or may not even permit vaginal penetration.
- Dyspareunia is recurring pain that occurs before, during, or after sexual intercourse.
+ Abdominal Separation
During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles expand and stretch to accommodate the growing foetus. In some cases, separation of these muscles occurs during pregnancy and persists after the birth. We can assess Rectus Abdominis Diastasis (i.e. abdominal separation) and then implement a treatment program which may include home exercises, lifestyle advice and Pilates.
+ Pain during Pregnancy and the Post-Natal Period
Due to the changes in posture and load during pregnancy it is quite common for women to experience pain in the pelvic, back, neck, rib and wrist area. After the birth of their baby, women find themselves caring for a baby and this can be hard on the body. When these aches and pains arise, we are here to address them for you.
+ Six-Week Postnatal Checks
We offer a comprehensive check-up six weeks after the birth of your baby. This is especially suitable for those who wish to return to exercise or have any concerns about their body post-birth. We can tailor the check up to your needs. If you wish to have your pelvic floor muscles assessed internally, make sure you mention this when you book your appointment.
+ Mastitis and Blocked Milk Ducts
Mastitis is a blocked milk duct that has not cleared, thus resulting in the surrounding tissue being inflamed. We provide ultrasound treatment for inflammatory breast conditions such as mastitis and blocked milk ducts. In addition to this, we provide up to date advice and additional techniques such as taping.