Physiotherapy - Women's and men's health

The service specialises in:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions arising antenatally and post-natally
  • Bladder and Bowel dysfunction in men and women
  • Children with 'giggle' incontinence and bladder and bowel lifestyle advice
  • Advising parents on:
    • Positional talipes
    • Erbs palsy (nerve damage, often through birth trauma)

Advice, support and guidance

Childbearing years

We provide antenatal and post-natal support for conditions such as:

  • Abdominal muscle weakness, pelvic girdle injury or pain, pelvic joint laxity, coccydynia
  • Decreased level of fitness/levels of inactivity, postural changes/backache, bladder or bowel dysfunction
  • Constipation, emotional changes, fluid retention, pelvic floor muscle weakness or damage
  • Diastasis recti or divarication (separation of abdominal muscles)

We provide advice and treatment on:

  • Posture
  • Self management and safe exercise in pregnancy
  • Core stability training
  • Stabilising and strengthening techniques
  • Manual techniques and mobilisation

Walking aids and support belts are issued if required.

We provide guidance to antenatal patients on positioning for labour and delivery.

Relaxation techniques are now taught using a DVD which is available from the hospital or from your midwife.

We also offer advice on getting fit after delivering your baby.

Babies on the ward

We provide advice to parents on positional Talipes and Erbs Palsy (nerve damage, often through birth trauma).


We can help with 'giggle incontinence', and provide bladder and bowel lifestyle advice

Bladder and bowel dysfunction in women

We provide physiotherapy for conditions such as: 

  • Urinary stress incontinence
  • Urinary urge incontinence
  • Pelvic floor weakness
  • Post natal perineal trauma
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Dyspareunia 

We provide treatments and advice on:

  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Sphincter exercises
  • Defecation dynamics
  • Lifestyle advice
  • Bladder retraining
  • Neuromuscular stimulation and biofeedback
  • Intra-vaginal devices and other adjuncts

Bladder and bowel dysfunction in men

We provide help with:

  • Defecation dynamics
  • Pelvic floor muscle re-education
  • Sphincter exercises
  • Biofeedback and neuromuscular stimulation

Breast cancer

We provide help with:

  • Lymphoedema
  • Management of cording
  • Shoulder mobility problems


Great Western Hospital - second floor (please see Floor plans).

Opening times

Day Times
Monday-Friday 8.30am-4.30pm
Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays Closed


Tel: 01793 604821

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