Postnatal & continence physiotherapy in Stockport

Women's Health Physiotherapy Specialists
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A leading provider of women's postnatal & continence physiotherapy in Stockport.

Our women’s health physiotherapist offers specialist postnatal and continence physiotherapy expertise for issues such as abdominal weakness, Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), or discomfort after a tear or episiotomy.

Whether you gave birth recently or became a mum some months, or years, ago, these issues do not need to become part of life.

Our physiotherapy team are also experts in helping women with postnatal pelvic, back and hip pain, neck and shoulder pain related to breast feeding, lifting and carrying children, and helping mother’s return to their pre-pregnancy fitness.

A medical referral is not required, and we can quickly and easily arrange an initial consultation for you.

Specialist postnatal physiotherapy treatment

Our highly experienced practitioners offer a range of specialist and effective, evidence-based treatment options such as physiotherapy designed to encourage your abdomen to ‘knit’ back together.

We will also provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to administer your own perineal scar massage for the recovery of tears or episiotomy experienced during childbirth.

Babies and small children welcome!

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Specialist urinary continence physiotherapy treatment

Our women’s health physiotherapy also offers specialist continence physiotherapy for the prevention and management of urinary incontinence or pelvic floor dysfunction.

Although these conditions can often occur following pregnancy and childbirth, a loss of bladder control can also happen to anyone as a culmination of constipation, heavy lifting, obesity, high impact sports, ageing, menopause, genetics or pelvic surgery.

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Post-natal and continence physiotherapy

Urinary incontinence symptoms and treatment

Urinary incontinence symptoms can range from a very small leak to loss of a large amount of urine. The most common kind of leakage is called Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), but there are other types too:

Stress Urinary Incontinence – can include leak on coughing, laughing, bending, lifting, sneezing, running, jumping.

Urge Incontinence – having to rush to the toilet and leaking on the way, leak on urge or as sitting to empty your bladder.

Urge – frequently needing to empty your bladder (very often), always looking out for a toilet.

Prolapse – positioning of prolapse and bladder, weakness within the pelvic floor muscle.

Although relatively common, with approximately 1 in 3 women reporting symptoms of urinary incontinence or pelvic floor dysfunction, only 25% may seek or receive treatment.

Our specialist physiotherapists can equip you with the knowledge, skills, and support necessary to manage, treat, and often completely resolve continence problems.

Research shows that with the right input, 80% of patients with Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) can expect a complete resolution of symptoms, so there is really no need to suffer in silence.

Loss of bladder control does not need to be tolerated or suffered, as specialist continence physiotherapy can usually help and a medical referral is not required.

You can book your specialist women’s health physiotherapy consultation online or, if you would like to know more about how our specialist continence and/or postnatal physiotherapy could help you, please contact us and one of our specialist physiotherapy team will be happy to discuss your needs and offer further advice, without obligation.

Your appointment

During your initial consultation you will be able to discuss your difficulties and the results you would like to achieve with one of our specialist continence physiotherapists.

The physiotherapist will also provide a vaginal examination to assess your pelvic floor and to ensure you are comfortably able to perform exercises, before discussing your own personalised exercise programme.

Initial consultation appointments are 45 minutes and we would request you wear comfortable, loose clothing for the purposes of the assessment by the physiotherapist.

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Your personalised exercise programme

Your tailored physiotherapy exercise programme can effectively prevent and manage incontinence by showing you how to:

  • Locate and effectively strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
  • Retrain your bladder for urge.
  • Use bracing techniques called the KNACK to give support during activities where you would perhaps leak/lose urine.

Once you are feeling fully confident and comfortable in completing the exercises, they can usually be continued independently at home without the need for long term clinic intervention or visits.

Throughout your specialist postnatal or continence physiotherapy treatment, we will always work closely with our wider physiotherapy team and will refer you for further medical consultation, if required.

We also offer our clients specialist physiotherapy-led Pilates, as a gentle and effective method of stretching and strengthening core muscles involved in continence. Your specialist physiotherapist would be happy to discuss the potential benefits of this complementary therapy with you during your treatment.

tamla fox Women’s Health physiotherapist

Tamla Fox Chartered Physiotherapist in Women’s Health

Tamla graduated in 2008 from Manchester University with a BSc Honours in Physiotherapy. A leading Senior Women’s Health Physiotherapist within the NHS, Tamla brings a unique wealth of specialist expertise in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunctions such as stress urinary incontinence, urge incontinence, bladder urgency and retraining and prolapse education.

Tamla Fox Chartered Physiotherapist in Women’s Health

tamla fox Women’s Health physiotherapist

Tamla graduated in 2008 from Manchester University with a BSc Honours in Physiotherapy. A leading Senior Women’s Health Physiotherapist within the NHS, Tamla brings a unique wealth of specialist expertise in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunctions such as stress urinary incontinence, urge incontinence, bladder urgency and retraining and prolapse education.

If you are unsure whether our specialist women’s physiotherapy services could help you, please call us on 0161 426 0100 or email and Tamla will be happy to discuss your needs and offer her advice, without obligation.

To book your consultation please complete our online booking form.

If you would like to know more about how we can help you, please contact us and one of our friendly team will be happy to discuss your needs, without obligation.

0161 426 0100

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Fantastic service from day one. Fixed my leg injury. Really pleased with the care given. Thank you.

I have seen a few physios and a chiropractor over the past ten years and Liz is the only person who identified that I had a falling arch and not only recommended the right orthotics with a raise but also suggested some compromises so I could still wear a raise with holiday footwear. She also showed me some exercises specific to my problems (not just some print out of generic back exercises). Through her treatment, the exercises and orthotics I feel I have a long term solution for the first time in 25 years (since an accident) that has actually also fixed knee and foot pain and neck pain and headaches that I never realised were related. I would highly recommend her as someone who genuinely tries to help fix the problem not just temporarily relieve pain.

Couldn’t ask for a better team to help get me back on my feet! Liz is very patient and motivating! The reception team are extremely helpful and go above and beyond to help with any issues you may have. I am so glad I found Marple Physio to help me through a very difficult time in my life. Thank you all!

Top marks for everything. Prior to my knee replacement surgery, Liz has been working hard to get me in the best possible condition. Her expertise and her pleasant manner have made the sessions very rewarding. I would thoroughly recommend this practice in every way.

I was incredibly impressed with my treatment at Marple Physio. They took the time to listen to what the cause of the issue was and then looked at different treatments to resolve the issue. The treatment must have worked as I was able to complete the half marathon that I’d been training for (relatively) pain free, having only been able to run a few kilometres at most prior to my treatment. I have since recommended Marple Physio to a number of people.

In over 65 years I had never visited or needed to visit a Physio. That was until firstly I had a knee problem and the for the first time in my life a back problem. Both down to excessive golf. Well Elizabeth who treated me was wonderful. She identified the problems immediately and with the minimum number of visits cleared my problems. Lovely manner and would not hesitate to recommend.

Big thanks to Marple Physio for sorting out my sciatica. After months of suffering you diagnosed the cause, (tight muscle) and arranged treatment. Wouldn’t hesitate in recommending you!

Thoroughly satisfied with treatment. My daughter Grace had a sports problem with her foot which was extremely distressing for her. She was unable to get an urgent appointment with the lower limb specialist but was seen by the team at Marple Physio – who were fantastic. Helpful, reassuring and made some great suggestions and gave exercises which have been really beneficial. Her problem has been hard to diagnose but the help and treatment has been great and thank you for strapping Grace’s foot for a big running event. It worked and she was delighted with the strapping. I would highly recommend Marple Physio and the specific tailored treatment offered. Reception staff also very nice.

I don’t usually comment on these things but I thought I had to. The Marple team were simply wonderful. I have had lower back pain for 15 years or so and had given up hope of being pain free. Marple Physio listened very carefully to my problems. I then was put through my paces including working my feet and toes. I felt light after the first session and by week three I was nearly pain free. Magic, simply magic.

I found the service and treatment excellent. I would definitely recommend Marple Physio to others and would use them again should the need ever arise. Many Thanks.

I had a persistent calf injury and had already seen several other physios without success. I was recommended Marple Physio by a friend from Stockport Harriers. They were very accommodating when I called to book an appointment and Liz managed to diagnose and sort the calf injury in 3 sessions. I left pain free and with strict instructions to continue my stretching homework to avoid further calf issues. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.

Marple Physio are really excellent. They helped me through a complicated hip injury – adjusting treatments and exercises regularly after listening carefully to my feedback. I’ve just completed the London Marathon and it’s all thanks to Liz and the team. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to others.

Wonderful to find a physio who spoke to me like a person and not an idiot, clearly explained my injury and went through treatment options along with her recommendations. Would definitely recommend to anyone – especially those who like to try to understand the physiology of their problem.

Fabulous, a true assessment of what I needed and how I could achieve it, with a personally tailored plan that fitted my lifestyle and abilities.

I was referred to you from my specialist at the Alexandra Hospital. I was really pleased with my treatment and the help I was given. I have finally had treatment that works for me. Will definitely come back for help if required. Many thanks.

Unfortunately for me, I have had quite a few back problems over the past few years. Fortunately, Marple Physio is nearby and Liz and the team have done a fabulous job of unpeeling all the layers and getting to the root of the problem each time. Being treated with a combination of manipulation, acupuncture and Pilates exercises means I now have a much stronger core and I know how to keep it that way! A big thank you to you all.

I am very pleased with the fantastic treatment I received from Liz for headaches. She was very professional and friendly and I would happily recommend her to others.

Every time I came for an appointment I went away very satisfied. All the staff are very friendly and professional. I would recommend Marple Physio and they will be my first choice if I need more treatment.

After six weeks of neck and shoulder pain, it was a total relief to receive professional and expert advice with successful treatment over four sessions.

I use Marple Physio for my physio, podiatry and Pilates needs, the service has always been both professional and caring. I am greeted with a friendly welcome and I feel the treatment is continually tailored to my needs.

Elizabeth’s expert diagnosis and treatment which included massage, acupuncture and targeted Pilates exercises resolved a backache and sciatica problem I have had for several years. Many thanks to Liz and the team.

Myself and my 16 year old daughter have had to use Marple Physio several times for various injuries. The service is excellent. I have no hesitation in recommending them. The quality of care is outstanding. They are friendly team and professional and have always been able to sort out our various aches and pains. If ever I have any musculoskeletal problems, I would always go straight to Marple Physio rather than see a GP. They have a far wider and much more suitable range of care options and offer a far more thorough service than I would ever get in a 10min appointment at the GP.

I really cannot recommend this practice highly enough. After two years of chronic pain, I am finally on the road to recovery, thanks to the help of the physiotherapists at Marple Physio. I also had my first video consultation appointment with Nicky yesterday, something the practice has introduced now face to face appointments are not currently possible. I was unsure how a video consultation would work, but I found it to be extremely useful. I have been experiencing a flare up of symptoms over the last few weeks, and Nicky did a fantastic job of suggesting exercises and movements I could use to help with them. She demonstrated moves, observed how I was moving, and I feel confident I now have some new things to try, to help relieve symptoms. I would definitely recommend a video consultation, to anyone wondering if it might be helpful.