Women's and Men's Health Physiotherapy
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The Women's and Men's Health Physiotherapy team works both with inpatients and outpatients.
Care is provided at all the OUH sites in Oxford and Banbury, and at Health and Wellbeing Centres in Abingdon and Bicester.
Conditions treated include:
- pelvic pain
- continence issues
- sexual dysfunction
- electrical and educated biofeedback
- musculo-skeletal complaints around the pelvis.
Our patients include men, women and children.
The service is mostly provided by highly specialist physiotherapists with postgraduate qualifications in this area, and the team is led by members of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women's Health.
This is a sub group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and membership is by examination only. We are a training centre for junior qualified staff wishing to develop skills and work towards examination in this area.
All patients seen by these trainees are closely supervised.
We work closely with all disciplines involved in patient care, and take a holistic approach to healthcare. Each physiotherapist considers areas such as lifestyle, work and leisure and helps their patients to self-manage.
All our physiotherapists are registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC). Staff are required to comply with the codes of practice and professional conduct guidelines as outlined by the HPC and our professional body, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
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What to wear
Bring shorts and a T-shirt if you have them. You may need to undress down to your underwear.
Arriving for your appointment
We always try and give you an appointment time that suits you. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
If possible, please arrive a little early, as you may be required to complete a questionnaire. Leave plenty of time if you are coming by car, and allow at least 45 minutes to find a parking space.
We make every effort to see people at the correct time, although there are sometimes delays. Check with reception if you have waited longer than 10 minutes and do not hesitate to ask the staff if you are unsure of anything.
What to expect
Your first visit will last about 30 minutes to an hour, on a one-to-one basis or within a group depending on the reason for your referral.
There may also be a physical examination. The physiotherapist will discuss this with you at the appointment.
Before treatment starts, your physiotherapist will discuss your problem with you. Realistic goals will be set.
Based on the clinical findings from the assessment, treatment is tailored to your individual needs. Treatment includes education in the self-management of the problem, general/specific advice, and education of exercises.
It may be necessary to include any one of the following:
- a variety of manual therapies (hands-on treatments by the physiotherapist)
- use of equipment, such as ultrasound
- inclusion in an exercise class.
All treatment will be discussed with you in advance.
Exercising at home
Physiotherapy is not a passive treatment and it is likely that you will be asked to do exercises at home. It is most important that you do these exercises for physiotherapy to be effective.
Please speak with your physiotherapist if you do not understand anything about the treatment or if there are any problems.
The Women's and Men's Health Physiotherapy team offers a number of exercise classes aimed specifically at people who are undergoing treatment with our physiotherapists.
You may be referred to one of the following classes as part of your treatment:
- antenatal pelvic pain advice group
- antenatal exercise class
- postnatal tummy check class
- stability class.
Participants are encouraged to come dressed in clothes suitable for exercising.
Antenatal pelvic pain advice group
This class is for patients with antenatal pelvic pain. It takes the form of a lecture, where you will be given advice on how to best manage your symptoms, including exercise. If, after attending the class and trialling the advice, you have no improvement, we ask you to contact the department for a one-to-one appointment with a physiotherapist.
Antenatal exercise class
Antenatal exercise classes have been designed for people who have back and pelvic pain in pregnancy and need to increase their fitness levels to return to normal activities of daily living as soon as possible. It is run over a three week course.
Postnatal tummy check class
This class is for postnatal mums that may have separation of their abdominal muscles. It is an opportunity for the physiotherapist to assess your tummy and teach exercises to help improve the separation.
The stability class has been designed for patients with pelvic pain. This is a six week programme of exercise and lifestyle advice and management.
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Please find below leaflets that you may find useful from the Women's and Men's Health Physiotherapy team.
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Principal Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Women's and Men's Health
- Women's and Men's Health Physiotherapy Department
Therapy and Dietetics, Level 2
Old Road, Headington
Oxford OX3 7LE
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Please see our Referrals section.
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