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Women's Health

Lidder Therapies offers a range of treatments for Women's Health in Hitchin and Hertford

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.

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. 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. 

Core function relies on a synergistic action 

between the pelvic floor below, the diaphragm above, the abdominal muscles at the front and the deep spinal muscles behind. Any damage to one will affect the function of the others. 

Treatment is aimed at optimising the function of the core canister. 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 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.

Lidder Therapies, Women's Health, Hitchin

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

The Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy group (POGP) and The International Urogynecological Association  (IUGA) have many informative booklets which have been linked to in the text above.



I’ve been a Vulvodynia & PFD sufferer since 2007 where the pain would come and go. In May 2012 I got a huge flare up and was suffering tremendously and since then I have been through a living hell. Bally was one of only 2 people that really showed an interest in knowing what was going on and what I was going through my pain journey and really tried to help me. She found many things that I never thought of. Some bones of my chest were a bit misplaced; I was stiff especially in my right side, my breathing was entirely wrong, etc. She started me off with breathing exercises as they help to lift and drop the pelvis muscles correctly. She found my sore spots, on the back and legs and gave me several exercises to do at home during the time between our meetings. We gradually reached the pelvic area. Very professional and gentle. She kept reminding me that if I feel pain I should warn her to stop. Special pelvic muscles massage.I was really amazed with her work and with her being so keen to really help me. She helped me to manage better my pelvis muscles as they were over-working and she has been helping me to learn how to release them through many body spots but also through the internal ones. Our goal is to relax them as much as we can, before strengthening them, as this is the right procedure. Through doing the exercises given, acupressure, relaxation techniques, pacing, massage and many others, I am finally taking control of my life and my pain levels, and I am finally seeing a bright future.

​Miss DM

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