Gynaecology physiotherapy service is provided to help women with bladder and bowel problems or women with prolapsed pelvic organs. The aim of the service is to teach woman how to improve and gain control over their condition by the teaching of correct pelvic floor muscle exercises, and practical advice on how to manage and improve their symptoms. All women are seen on an individual basis and in a private room for their initial assessment and any further treatments. We also have an introductory pelvic floor information class for small groups.
Physiotherapy exercises that will aid your recovery
- Deep Breathing Exercise: Inhale and exhale deeply x 10. Do this hourly and when you wake from sleeping or dosing. This helps to keep your chest clear and expel the anaesthetic. If you need to cough, draw your bent knees up and always support the wound with your hands (you may also hold a towel or pillow over the wound).
- Ankle and Leg Exercises: Stretch your feet forward and backward as if pedalling for 5 minutes every hour. Slide your legs alternately up and down the bed bending and straightening your knees. Do not lie or sit with legs crossed. These exercises improve circulation and help to avoid the risk of blood clots.
- Mobility Exercise: Once you are out of bed you will be encouraged to walk at least 60 metres on 4 occasions during your stay in hospital to demonstrate you are mobile enough to be considered for early discharge from hospital.
- Pelvic Floor Exercises: After any gynaecological surgery it is very important to do pelvic floor exercises. These muscles control the urethra and anal sphincter and avoid problems with urinary or faecal incontinence. They are also useful in the prevention or recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse.