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For some conditions we have created an educational video that give you an opportunity to find out some basic information about the condition, as well as learn how to start self-managing symptoms. These sessions are recorded so you can watch them at a time convenient to you, you can also return to the video as many times as required.

If you have bene provided an education video, this is the start of your physiotherapy treatment. It is a quick and convenient way for many patients to receive a lot of simple but useful advice to help improve their symptoms. Many patients find once starting this advice their symptoms improve quickly. Please see the details on each education video below for further information about one to one treatment after your education video.


The Pregnancy Education Class

For patients with pregnancy-related musculoskeletal problems

If you have been referred for a pregnancy-related musculoskeletal condition including pelvic, back, rib or hip pain you will be sent this educational video. We advise you watch this and start implementing the advice straight away. You will be contacted by the department to arrange a one-to-one appointment with one of our specialist physiotherapists to tailor your treatment.


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The Women’s Health Class

For patients with pelvic floor related conditions including stress urinary incontinence, urge urinary incontinence, urinary frequency or urgency and pelvic organ prolapse.

You may be sent this video if you have been referred to pelvic health physiotherapy for one of the following reasons:

  • Stress urinary incontinence - leaking urine with an increase in abdominal pressure such as when coughing, sneezing, running, jumping, lifting or with certain movements
  • Urge urinary incontinence - involuntary loss of urine associated with a strong desire to urinate
  • Urinary frequency or urgency - going to the toilet to urinate more than 8 times per day or more than once per night (normal range varies dependent upon age) or finding the urge to urinate difficult to control
  • Pelvic organ prolapse - changes to the supporting structure of the pelvic organs resulting in a sensation of something coming down within the vagina. This can also cause urinary or bowel symptoms such as difficulties emptying the bladder or bowel fully / easily.

We ask that you watch this educational video and complete your bladder diary. Start implementing the advice that is relevant to you straight away. This video is the start of your treatment and symptoms can often start to improve from following this advice. We will contact you to arrange a one-to-one appointment with one of our specialist physiotherapists to assess you and tailor your treatment.


Pelvic Pain Class

These educational videos are part of the Pelvic Pain Class and only to be used by patients referred into the Pelvic Health Physiotherapy service at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital.

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Staying fit during pregnancy and labour

For all pregnant patients

This video is designed to help you understand some of the physical changes that happen in your body during pregnancy and labour. The video explains how these changes affect your back and pelvis and to gives you some advice on what you can do to help yourself more comfortably through pregnancy and labour. If you have any problems, ask your GP or Midwife to refer you directly to our Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Team for further advice and management.


The Gut Class

For patients with bowel related conditions.

You may be sent these videos if you have been referred to pelvic health physiotherapy for one of the following reasons:

  • Constipation - passing a bowel motion less than 3 times a week or passing hard sausage-shaped stools or small hard lumps.
  • Difficulty opening the bowels - spending more than 15 minutes on the toilet to empty, needing to strain, having to put a finger into the rectum or vagina, or push on the pelvic area to get the bowels to move.
  • Feeling of incomplete emptying - having a sensation that the rectum is not empty, opening the bowels several times a day but small amounts, feeling of not being satisfied.
  • Faecal urgency - going to the toilet to defecate more than 3 times per day or finding the urge to defecate difficult to control.
  • Faecal urge incontinence - involuntary loss of faeces associated with a strong desire to defecate.
  • Post-defecation incontinence - involuntary loss of faeces immediately after or sometime after having a bowel motion.

Educational resources - this video is designed to help provide an overview of things that may impact your gut symptoms and discusses ways you can help to change these.


Relaxation resources:

Strengthening exercises:

Stretching exercises:


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