Physiotherapists for mums
What’s a ‘physiotherapist for mums’
That’s our shorthand for a pelvic, obstetric and gynaecological physiotherapist (POGP). A POGP is a fully qualified physiotherapist who has chosen to further specialise on pelvic and sexual health issues for women and men, and, in some cases, children. POGPs work in a variety of NHS and private settings.
What training or accreditation do Peppy’s pelvic, obstetric and gynaecological physiotherapists need to have?
To legally practice as a physiotherapist in the UK you have to be registered by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). This is the regulator that sets education and professional standards.
At Peppy we only work with POG physiotherapists who are members of the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy Association. POGP is a UK based professional network affiliated to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. POGP has two tiers of membership – affiliate and full, both of which are only open to annually subscribing Chartered Physiotherapists, registered with the HCPC. Currently Peppy works only with FULL members of POGP.
AFFILIATE members of POGP have a special interest in pelvic, obstetric and gynaecological issues and will be attending short post-graduate courses, meetings and conferences, following academic papers and committed to further education towards becoming FULL members. We currently do not list affiliate members on Peppy.
FULL Membership of the association is only awarded to those who have completed higher post-graduate training and evidenced advanced knowledge and experience. They have chosen to specialise in this field and completed either a post graduate certificate (1 year), a post graduate diploma (2 years) or a MSc (3 years) or submitted a portfolio of evidence of equivalent advanced qualifications and experience in the field of women’s and/or men’s health (as evaluated by the POGP).
POGPs, like all physiotherapists, work within HCPC standards of conduct, performance and ethics and are required to provide evidence of continuous professional development, in order to maintain their registration to practice.
To be on the Peppy platform, we require practitioners to provide proof of ID, current HCPC registration, current POGP full membership and current professional indemnity insurance.
Why should I work with a pelvic, obstetric and gynaecological physiotherapist?
POG physiotherapists specialise in providing the following services:
– Education and care during pregnancy and after birth, for women and their partners
– Treatment for musculo-skeletal problems either during or after pregnancy, including more common conditions such as backache, pelvic floor disorders, perineal pain and separated stomach muscles
– Treatment for bladder and bowel incontinence (in men, women and in some cases, children)
– Care for women undergoing gynaecological or breast surgery
– Treatment of sexual dysfunction in relation to pelvic floor muscle problems for men and women
What’s the difference between a POG physiotherapist and a ‘standard’ physiotherapist?
Any registered physiotherapist meets the high educational and professional standards that are regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council. They are qualified to treat people with a wide range of conditions and all ages. Their code of conduct requires them to practice within the scope of areas where they have appropriate knowledge and skills, and refer to another practitioner if the care, treatment or other services needed are beyond the scope of their practice.
However, a POGP has chosen to specialise in this field and invested the time to develop an extra level of expertise. It is likely that they spend the majority of their practice focusing on people with pelvic issues, pregnancy-related issues and women’s health. Within this, they may have further specific expertise.
There are lots of people who can educate and help you care for your body before, during and after pregnancy. The most important thing is that you get the type of treatment and care that is appropriate and suits you best.
Here are some of the booklets developed by the Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy Association for pregnancy and postnatal care
- Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises for women. A detailed explanation of how to do pelvic floor exercises correctly and helpful advice.
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse – a physiotherapy guide for women The information will help you understand what a prolapse is, what the causes may be and what you might be able to do to improve the symptoms you are experiencing. Includes a self-self-assessment questionnaire.
- Improving your bowel function Includes checks for serious pathology, an explanation of how bowels function with a good picture, explanations of common bowel disorders, pelvic floor exercises, some dietary advice, defecation techniques.
- Fit and safe to exercise in the childbearing year. This booklet is aimed towards any woman in her childbearing year who wishes to exercise safely. Includes positive messages about benefits of exercise in pregnancy from ordinary to elite level, Borg Scale, precautions & when to seek help.
- Pregnancy related Pelvic Girdle Pain for mothers to be and new mothers. You may have been told you have Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) which is now a less used term. This booklet will provide information and advice on managing and treating pain in your back, hips of symphysis pubis, related to your pregnancy.
- Fit for Birth – essential exercises and helpful advice. Clear pictures of positions for first stage of labour, and best positions for second stage. Also includes detail of how to do pelvic floor exercises.
- Fit for the Future – essential advice and exercises following childbirth. Pictures of rest, changing & feeding positions, getting in & out of bed, and bowel emptying. Specific advice for after a caesarean. Detailed pelvic floor exercises, also starting and progressing abdominal exercises.
- Exercise and advice after a pregnancy. This booklet is carefully worded to give physical advice and exercises for women to aid recovery after a pregnancy and delivery who will not be taking a baby home with them after their delivery. This booklet is for someone whose baby has died during pregnancy, or during or soon after birth, or is not returning home with a baby for another reason.
This information is approved by the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy Association.