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Women’s Health:

At DBC Naas Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic we can offer you a range of physiotherapy interventions that are specific to women’s health issues.

Bladder Dysfunction

Bladder incontinence is common affecting 1 in 3 women and 1 in 10 men.  Pelvic floor muscle strengthening and bladder retraining can help in treating the three most common types of incontinence.

  • Stress incontinence - leaking on laughing, coughing, sneezing & exercise.
  • Urge incontinence - an urgent need to empty your bladder.
  • Frequency – When there is a need to use the toilet for more than 8 times in a 24 hour period

Physiotherapy will aim to identify the cause of the problem and then set you up on the most appropriate form of treatment.

Pregnancy & Post Natal Physiotherapy

  • Pelvic Girdle & Low Back Pain  - Changes in hormone levels and posture can lead to pain during pregnancy.  Physiotherapy can help to identify the cause of the pain and ease the symptoms.
  • Abdominal Muscle Separation or Diastasis Rectus Abdominus (DRA) - The skin and muscles over your bump have stretched to allow your baby (or babies) to grow and develop during pregnancy and sometimes our tummies can show the effects of this long after baby arrives.
  • Prolapse - Prolapse can be defined as the movement of the pelvic organs from their normal anatomical position. It can be as a result of childbirth or sometimes happens with chronic constipation.
Physiotherapy can be effective in building up the support of the pelvic floor muscles, these muscles act as a hammock or shelf for the organs to rest on.

Ante Natal and Post Natal Pilates

Pilates is a safe and effective way to exercise during your pregnancy.

  • Pilates is great for building ‘’core strength’’. It helps to strengthen abdominals, gluteals (buttock muscles), back and pelvic floor muscles.
  • Imagine your core stability muscles to be like a corset that supports your back. If these muscles are working correctly, pregnancy related back and pelvic pain can be reduced.
  • Pilates during pregnancy is very adaptable and can be easily modified as your abilities and body changes.
  • Pilates promotes awareness and correction of common postural changes associated with pregnancy.

It is always advisable to check with your midwife or GP to make sure they are happy for you to start exercising. To be eligible for the ante natal Pilates you must be at least 16 weeks pregnant and 6-8 weeks following delivery for the post natal Pilates.