Women’s Health

Lidder Therapies offers a range of treatments for women’s health in Hitchin.


Women’s Health Physiotherapy covers all areas relating to Obstetrics (pregnancy) and Gynaecology. 1 in 3 women experience women’s health problems during their lifetime. However many tolerate these problems, either too embarrassed to seek help or unaware that there are treatments available.

women with incontinence symptoms

There are a wide range of conditions that can be treated and helped by a Women’s Health physiotherapist including:

  • Stress urinary incontinence (leakage when coughing / sneezing or undertaking physical activities)
  • Urge and frequency incontinence including an over active bladder. (Leakage when you don’t make it in time or having to urinate frequently)
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Sexual discomfort
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Weak pelvic floor muscles following childbirth
  • Pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, nausea and vomiting
  • Post-natal treatment of rectus abdominis divarication (split tummy muscles)
  • Post gynaecology surgery

The pelvic floor has been described as a hammock or sling that extends from the pubic bone at the front to the coccyx at the back. The bulk of the pelvic floor muscle is at the back and sides of the rectum. An effective pelvic floor contraction is achieved by tightening up from the back and pulling upwards and forwards towards the pubic bone. Normal pelvic organ alignment and function relies on the integrity of the pelvic floor muscles and the internal pelvic and abdominal connective tissue. This can be damaged by childbirth or pelvic surgery. Abdominal surgery could lead to adhesions or scar tissue that effect the normal function of the pelvic floor.

Treatment is aimed at optimising the function of the pelvic floor muscles. In cases of incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse the pelvic floor muscles are often weak and research has shown that pelvic floor exercises could prevent surgery and reduce symptoms. Conservative management is recommended for 3 months by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The pelvic floor muscles can also be tight or overactive and can present as chronic pelvic pain or pain in the genital region and may cause sexual discomfort. Treatment is aimed at releasing these muscles and restrictions before appropriate strengthening.

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If you have any queries please contact me for more information or an informal chat.


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Some recent feedback:

Bally was so helpful with my long term on-going issues that I’ve actually had for many years. Her advice, examination and treatment has really been superb and I would recommend any lady of any age to not hesitate to make an appointment to see the very approachable professional Bally whom I have 100% confidence in. She has helped me enormously. Thank you Bally.


I was delighted, relieved and very grateful to God for leading me to a physiotherapist specialising in women’s health and particularly in pelvic floor problems. Until I found Bally, I felt as if I myself had to work out the cause of, and find the remedy for, my pelvic floor pain. My GP could not explain the discomfort and merely suggested that it might be age-related low estrogen. I was not prepared to start a course of HRT simply because it ‘might help’. After identifying the problem as referred pain, I found two therapists who were of great help but I still had residual pain. Then I found Bally who released remaining internal trigger points and explained why I still had pain and how I could overcome it. I am now much, much better and the small amount of discomfort is controllable (I am confident that if I continue with the exercises recommended by Bally, I shall be ‘better than normal’ very soon). Bally has educated me as regards pelvic muscular health in general and as regards pelvic pain and the control thereof. This has removed the anxiety I felt when I thought that I had to sort everything out by myself. What a relief to have help from a professional in whom one has absolute confidence. If the problem raises its head again, or, if I hear of anyone with the same symptoms, I shall direct them to Bally. Thank you Bally. God bless you!


After the sessions with Bally I felt significantly better from my lower back/pelvic pain (I’m pregnant). Bally provided me with a few simple and very effective exercises to carry out on my own to reduce the need for therapy. I found all her suggestions to be really helpful and would certainly return to her hands in the future if experiencing any back/pelvic issues.


I am so impressed with the treatment received from Bally. Since my first session 6 weeks ago, my pain has decreased considerably and my pregnancy has been much more comfortable (and enjoyable!) I couldn’t recommend Bally enough to any expectant mother struggling with pelvic and back pain!

I felt completely relaxed and at ease in what could have been an embarrassing situation. Bally was extremely professional.