ctchealthcare is a Cheshire and Staffordshire-based practice with five clinics in convenient locations – Crewe, Nantwich Congleton, Stoke and Stafford. Treating our local community for more than 20 years, our expertise in physiotherapy, acupuncture, sports massage, complementary and holistic therapies cannot be rivalled.

Introducing The Women’s Health Assessment

Introducing The Women’s Health Assessment

Postnatal Recovery ….. How can a Women’s Health Physiotherapist help you?

Women’s bodies are awesome! Growing a baby and giving birth can however put significant stress and strain on the body physically. 

Statistics show that after having a baby half of women have a weakness in their abdominal or pelvic floor muscles. Up to 60% have a separation of their abdominal muscle (Diastasis Recti) at 6 weeks post birth. 45% may experience some urinary incontinence which can remain present for years following birth. 25% of women experience ongoing pelvic pain which may become chronic.

On a positive note many of these symptoms can be managed, improved and in a lot of cases resolved with the correct advice, treatment and exercise. 

Women’s Health Assessment®

The assessment is an essential postnatal assessment recommended for all women following childbirth anywhere from 6 weeks postnatal up to years.

Most women will have questions about returning to activity post baby. Some may have weakness in their tummy and / or pelvic floor muscles which can lead to problems such as a persistent tummy gap (rectus diastasis), bladder or bowel leakage or back pain, especially if incorrect exercises are performed too soon.

Our Senior Physiotherapist will do an in-depth assessment of your pelvic and abdominal area; posture, breathing, tummy gap and pelvic floor. A bespoke post-natal recovery programme, taking into account your lifestyle and fitness goals will then be discussed. This includes specific and safe post-natal exercises to improve stability, posture and core strength.

To assess the function of the pelvic floor an internal vaginal examination may be performed. This may sound a little daunting and a lot of the time is the last thing you want to do after giving birth. However, it is a very gentle process and it gives essential feedback to help ensure you are doing your exercises correctly.


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