Women’s and men’s health


Women’s health

Physiotherapy exercise and education can be instrumental in treating women’s health conditions. Here at Fitzwilliam Hospital, we help ladies with pelvic, breast and obstetrical health problems to develop a better quality of life. This can range from incontinence to prolapse, pelvic pain to constipation and, breast cancer to symphysis pubis pain. 

Women often suffer in silence with these personal women’s health issues either because they don’t realise there are successful treatments on hand or they are uncomfortable and embarrassed considering and talking about them with others. Our confidential physiotherapists respect and understand the sensitivity around these intimate problems.

Men’s health

Our men’s health physiotherapy service helps male patients suffering from bladder and bowel dysfunction, pelvic pain and associated problems.

By educating, using manual therapy and teaching repetitive and specific exercises, our physiotherapists support men in managing their men’s health problems and help to reduce their symptoms. 

A women’s and men’s health physiotherapy specialist

Raquel Read MCSP MPOGP, our women’s and men’s health physiotherapy specialist, has a wealth of experience in this area of physiotherapy.

Raquel understands the discomfort and private nature of these conditions. She employs sensitivity and uses the latest physiotherapy techniques to develop a tailored treatment plan to improve your functionality, reduce pain and deliver the swiftest recovery possible.


At Fitzwilliam Hospital we welcome private patients

As a private patient you can self-refer, by calling our physiotherapy department on 01733 842309

GP referrals are not needed for private patients.

If you are seeing a specialist consultant, they may refer you to our physiotherapy services.

Examples of treatments options

At Fitzwilliam Hospital we use a variety of physiotherapy treatments including:

  •          Pelvic floor muscle exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, to give your bladder, bowel and womb support again and recover your bladder and bowel control and, may improve your sexual function.
  •          Defecation techniques – muscle exercises and lifestyle modification.
  •          Bladder and posture training.

Patients can also utilise the following physiotherapy facilities at Fitzwilliam Hospital:

  •          Biofeedback - electronic measure of the strength of your muscle contractions and gives information on the impact of exercises on your muscles. It can help you to learn to control your body’s muscles and what their responses are.
  •          Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) - electrical impulses that stimulate your muscles and cause them to contract.

Conditions treated

Chronic pelvic pain (men and women)

Chronic pelvic pain lasts for six months or more. It can be challenging to live with and may lead to associated problems such as sexual dysfunction (vulval pain, dyspareunia, vaginismus), sleep disorders and, bladder or bowel dysfunction.

When you meet with your physiotherapist they will assess your pain using a variety of techniques. They will develop a treatment plan with you that may include: specific exercises to strengthen your weakened pelvic floor muscles and to stretch contracted muscles and, posture, bowel and bladder training and re-education to re-introduce correct habits.

Bowel and bladder dysfunction (men and women)

The involuntary leakage of urine, known as urinary incontinence, is common in men and women. If you suffer from urinary incontinence this may impact on the amount of physical activity and socialising you do and, diminish your wellbeing. Secondary health problems, such as urinary tract infections and skin ulceration, may also develop.

Our first line physiotherapy treatments to help manage and treat urinary incontinence symptoms are bladder and pelvic floor muscle education and exercise training.  

Chronic constipation, obstructive defecation, faecal incontinence and, pain with bowel movements are all bowel dysfunctions that can limit your daily activities and impact on your quality of life. Defecation techniques are useful in treating bowel dysfunctions and include: pelvic floor and sphincter muscle exercises to improve strength and, lifestyle modifications to restore good bowel habits.

Bowel and bladder conditions, we treat include:

  •          Urinary incontinence - stress urinary incontinence and urge incontinence
  •          Overactive bladder
  •          Pelvic floor dysfunction 
  •          Faecal incontinence
  •          Chronic constipation, pain with bowel movements and obstructive defecation.

Breast cancer (men and women)

Often patients who are having or have just been through a course of chemotherapy or radiation treatment are greatly fatigued.


We offer our breast cancer patients an individualised exercise program, during or after cancer treatment, based on their fitness assessment whilst accounting for their treatment, to improve their energy, physical ability, fitness and wellbeing. 


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