top of page
Manual therapy, massage, Women's Health Physiotherapy
Acupuncture, Women's Health Physio

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral? 

No you do not need a referral to book a physio appointment with Camilla.

What shall I wear for my Physiotherapy Assessment and Treatment?

As part of physiotherapy treatment, we often need to see the area of the body that is injured. If possible, please bring or wear clothing that allows you to expose the area (e.g. shorts/leggings and vest top). Comfortable clothing that you are able to move in, such as gym clothes are normally best. For a pelvic floor consultation, you can wear whatever you would do normally. 

What can I expect from my Initial Assessment/Consultation?

Your initial session will take up to 60 minutes to allow Camilla to examine your symptoms in detail. Women’s health issues are often complex, multi-factorial and take time to fully assess and treat. This appointment will include taking a full verbal history of the problem and any associated health-related issues, a thorough physical examination, a discussion regarding your diagnosis and proposed physio treatment plan. And if time, some hands-on treatment (if a face-to-face appointment), management advice and home-exercises tailored to you.  Camilla's assessment and management are holistic, patient-centred and focussed on your goals and improving your quality of life. Follow up treatments are usually 45 minutes (but can be longer if required) and are more focussed on progressing your treatment.

What conditions do you treat?

Women's Health Physio can help treat a wide range of problems. Camilla specialises in the following:

  • Back pain and/or sciatica during pregnancy and postnatally 

  • Pelvic girdle pain (Sacroiliac pain/ symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD)) during pregnancy and the postnatal period

  • Rib pain in pregnancy and in the postnatal period

  • Diastasis Recti / Rectus Abdominus Divarification (separated tummy muscles) during pregnancy and the postnatal period

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (pain/ pins and needles in hands) in pregnancy and the postnatal period

  • Pelvic floor weakness during pregnancy and following childbirth

  • Recovery and rehab following perineal tears/ trauma during childbirth

  • Recovery and rehab post Caesarean Delivery

  • Breastfeeding issues - blocked ducts/mastitis/ engorgement/neck and back pain

  • Urinary Incontinence (leakage from the bladder)

  • Urinary urgency/frequency (Overactive Bladder)

  • Faecal urgency and/or incontinence (leakage from the bowel)

  • Constipation

  • Pelvic organ prolapse

  • Pelvic floor weakness or overactivity

  • Chronic pelvic floor pain/pelvic pain (CPP)

  • Vulvodynia/ Vaginismus

  • Pudendal nerve entrapment (PNE)

  • Physical preparation for and recovery from gynaecology surgery

What treatments do you offer?

Camilla uses a holistic approach, with individually tailored treatments. She is highly skilled and trained to effectively use a wide range of techniques during her sessions. These might include the following:

  • Education and advice about your condition

  • Manual (hands-on) therapy - including massage, soft-tissue release, joint mobilisations

  • Acupuncture for pain-relief and improving bladder/bowel function

  • Taping

  • Advice and fitting of appropriate support belts in pregnancy

  • Individualised progressive home exercise programmes

  • Tailored advice on safe return-to-exercise following pregnancy or surgery

  • Pelvic floor muscle re-education and training - with individualised home exercises, biofeedback and/or electrical stimulation.

  • Pelvic floor manual therapy – stretching, lengthening, massage, trigger-point release for pelvic floor tension, spasm or overactivity. 

  • Relaxation and breathing training techniques

  • Bladder and bowel re-training

  • Lifestyle advice such as fluid management, diet, exercise, stress management

  • Ultrasound for blocked breast ducts/ mastitis

How many sessions will I need?

This depends on each individual. It may be that one educational session is sufficient but some issues that are longer-standing or more complex may require several more. This will be discussed and agreed with you in detail in your first appointment depending what we find on assessment. 

How can I fund my treatments?

I'm afraid we do not accept payment from insurance companies.  If you are seeking payment from a cash back policy, you will need to pay for your appointment and ask us to issue a receipt.

We accept payment by online bank transfer in advance or card payment at your appointment.

Can I have my baby/child present at my appointment?

Yes of course! Babies and children are welcome. Women's Health Physios are used to treating women with their children around. However, for your initial appointment or if you think an internal examination may be required it can make it less relaxing for you and more difficult to concentrate on what it is going on, if there is a small person also demanding your attention!

Will I need an internal vaginal examination?

If you have come for any pelvic-floor, bladder or bowel issue it is usually beneficial to have an internal vaginal examination. Camilla will always explain the procedure in detail and show you on a model what she is going to do. She will explain what we can gain from doing it before you decide whether or not you would be willing to consent to an examination. There will always be the option to say "no" or "maybe later" whenever you want. It's always your choice.

If you cant find an answer to any of your specific questions here please call or email Camilla

Women Walking, Physio
bottom of page