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Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

Pregnancy exercise

The Pelvic health team is located in South West Acute Hospital, Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex and Altnagelvin Hospitals.

Our team of specialised Physiotherapists provide a range of services to pregnant and postnatal women, as well as women attending urogynaecology services for bladder, bowel or pelvic pain issues.

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Team
Team MemberRoleLocation
Karen Crudden Advanced Physiotherapist and Team LeadAltnagelvin Area Hospital
Anne Marie CampbellSpecialist Pelvic Health PhysiotherapistAltnagelvin Area Hospital
Judith ReaSpecialist Pelvic Health Physiotherapist South West Acute Hospital
Gail ForsterSpecialist Pelvic Health PhysiotherapistSouth West Acute Hospital
Susan CavanaghSpecialist Pelvic Health Physiotherapist Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex
Justina Rafferty Specialist Pelvic Health PhysiotherapistOmagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex

  • Pelvic Health Webinar

  • Antenatal Videos

  • Postnatal Videos

  • Bladder and Bowel Videos

  • Prolapse
    What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)?

    Pelvic organs include your bladder, womb (uterus) and rectum. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when one or more of these organs bulges against, or sags down into the vagina and the muscles and ligaments in the pelvic floor become stretched, or too weak to hold the organs in the correct place. Prolapse can occur in the front wall of the vagina (cystocele), back wall of the vagina (rectocele), uterus (uterine) or top of the vagina (vault). You can have prolapse of more than one organ at the same time.

    Vaginal prolapse is common, affecting up to half of adult women.

    Causes include; pregnancy and childbirth, aging and menopause, obesity, chronic cough, chronic constipation, and heavy lifting. Prolapse can also occur following hysterectomy and other pelvic surgeries.

    Prolapse is usually not life-threatening, but it can significantly affect your quality of life.

    Symptoms of POP

    The symptoms of POP can vary for each individual and can be dependent on which organ is slipping out of place. Some symptoms which women often describe include:

    • Pressure, heaviness or discomfort in the vaginal or pelvic area (often made worse by long periods of standing, exercise or lifting)
    • Low back ache
    • Change in control of bladder or bowel, including urgency or frequency
    • Slow urine stream or initiation of urine flow
    • Incomplete emptying of bowel or difficulty with evacuation
    • Discomfort during intercourse
    Does POP need to be treated?

    If your POP is not causing you any discomfort and is not bothersome then it does not need to be treated, however it is important that you are aware of it and take care not to put too much pressure through your pelvic floor and performing pelvic floor exercises regularly to prevent symptoms from arsing is beneficial. If you are experiencing symptoms that are affecting your quality of life, then there are treatment options available.

    What are the Treatment Options for POP?

    There are several conservative treatment options available, which have been shown to be very effective in reducing the symptoms of POP, however success rates will often depend on the type of POP and its severity.

    Mild prolapse can be managed by changes to your diet and lifestyle (e.g. Reducing heavy lifting, managing constipation, losing weight) as well as strengthening the pelvic floor muscles which provide the integral support for your pelvic organs. The advantage of this type of treatment is there is no risks associated, but it may not be effective in more advanced forms of POP.

    In moderate to severe prolapse it is likely that damage has not only occurred to the muscles but also the connective tissue which provides support to the organs. Successful support and treatment can occur with the insertion of a vaginal pessary. A discussion about surgical options may be necessary if symptoms if conservative management has failed.

    Download and view the Pelvic Organ Prolapse Guide For Women 

  • Pelvic Pain and Self Management Videos
    Understanding Pain in less than 5 minutes, and what to do about it

    Condition Management Programme – Understanding Pain

    Condition Management Programme – Boom/Bist Cycle and Pacing

    Condition Management Programme – Exercise

    Condition Management Programme – Thermotherapy and Analgesia (Pain Killers)

  • Endometriosis

    Endometriosis (pronounced en- doh – mee – tree – oh – sis) is the name given to the condition where cells similar to the ones in the lining of the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body.

    Each month these cells react in the same way to those in the womb, building up and then breaking down and bleeding. Unlike the cells in the womb that leave the body as a period, this blood has no way to escape.

    In the UK, around 1.5 million women and those assigned female at birth are currently living with the condition, regardless of race or ethnicity. Endometriosis can affect you from puberty to menopause, although the impact may be felt for life. (Endometriosis UK)

    Introduction to Pelvic Pain

    What is Endometriosis?

    Easy Stretches to Relax the Pelvis

    Visit the Endometriosis UK website to view helpful webinars

    Understanding Pain in less than 5 minutes, and what to do about it

    Condition Management Programme – Understanding Pain

    Explaining Chronic Pelvic Pain


  • The POGP Booklets
  • Pelvic Health Patient Information

    Our Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Patient Information page contains helpful information on massages and self-care advice.

    Visit our Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Patient Information page

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