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Women’s Health at Balance Physiothearpy

Jo Fordyce leads our women’s health specialist services. The women’s health team are passionate about their field and embrace a holistic approach, understanding the stresses and constraints of modern day living. Our team have over 25 years’ experience of treating women from adolescence to old age.

Let us share our experience with you, whether it’s pointers to keep fit and active, hands on help with pain or continence issues. 

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A Mummy MOT is a specialist postnatal examination for women following both vaginal and caesarean deliveries.

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Continence problems aren’t just the bane of those who are pregnant. Many women are unaware that there is often a relatively simple solution.

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Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) is an all-encompassing term for pain anywhere around your pelvic ring (i.e. back, hips, groin, thighs). It is a common occurrence in pregnancy.

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Our specialist team can assist your recovery and ease your discomforts from gynaecological surgery

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We specialise in post and anti natal physio, pelvic health

Jo Fordyce leads our women’s health specialist services: over 25 years’ experience of treating women from adolescence to old age. They are passionate about their field and embrace a holistic approach, understanding the stresses and constraints of modern day living. Jo is a mother of 2, and the Balance team is personally responsible for dozens of children, across a wide spectrum of ages: invaluable experience.

Meet our Specialist Women's Physiotherpist

Jo Fordyce

Jo has been working for 25 years in the speciality of pelvic health. She lead pelvic health physiotherapy at St George’s hospital (London) for 9 years, during which time she set up a multi disciplinary perineal clinic for women with severe birth trauma. Her current work also includes her role as a clinical specialist at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, as part of the Urology team. Jo is also a member of the POGP (Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy).

Jo is a registered Mummy MOT practitioner, offering post-natal checks from 6 weeks onwards. Currently, if you are a new Mum, she can see you virtually via Zoom from the comfort of home if you would prefer not to travel, alongside face to face appointment options.

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Pregnancy

Congratulations!! Pregnancy is a fascinating journey, smooth for some and a tad rocky for others but always full of learning and expectation. Let us share our experience with you, whether it’s pointers to keep fit and active, hands on help with pain or continence issues, here at Balance we would love to accompany you on that journey.

We aim to keep you strong and healthy throughout your pregnancy. Pelvic floor, posture, total body strength and endurance, stretch safely to prevent pelvic pain.

We can guide you on:

  • what physical changes you will experience,
  • how best to adapt to these (including ergonomics at work),
  • how to avoid the pain and pitfalls (such as pelvic girdle pain & abdominal separation)
  • exercising during your pregnancy
  • pelvic floor education (let’s face it no-one wants to leak when they laugh!)
  • sexual issues
  • and take home conditioning exercises to keep you in great shape until the big day.

Most importantly it gives you chance to ask all your questions in a relaxed environment. Let us pass on our experience so you can get on with enjoying your pregnancy.

Exercise, pain prevention and kicking off your pregnancy informed and educated.

Mummy MOT

A Mummy MOT is a specialist postnatal examination for women following both vaginal and caesarean deliveries. It will assess how your posture, pelvic floor muscles and stomach muscles are recovering after birth. And if they’re not, then we can provide you with exercises and treatment to help in your recovery and to return to exercise safely.

But you don’t have to have a Mummy MOT, to book in or speak to Jo with any concerns, doubts or questions call 02076272308.

Continence

Continence problems aren’t just the bane of those who are pregnant. Women of all ages put up with it and endure the embarrassment and distress of leaking unnecessarily.  These women remain unaware that there is often a relatively simple solution. The solution begins by seeking the guidance of an understanding expert.
  • Come and have an assessment. Discuss your issues and understand the most likely causes.
  • Learn the correct exercises to practice, be clear on the intention and perform with the right form.
  • Learn specific strategies to deal with your problems whilst you go through the process of recovery.
  • Integrate the strength and control you gain from your deliberate exercise efforts into daily life, tuning your lifestyle and adopting specific strategies.

Pelvic Pain Treatment

Pelvic pain, what is it?

Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) is an all-encompassing term for pain anywhere around your pelvic ring (i.e. back, hips, groin, thighs). Previously known as pubic symphysis dysfunction, it is a common occurrence in pregnancy but also in sports – men and women.

The pelvic girdle is an amazing ring of bones around the lowest part of your torso.  There are 3 joints in this ring, one at the front (pubic symphysis joint) and 2 at the back (sacroiliac joints). These 3 joints and their surrounding muscles are the root cause of PGP.

When will I feel it?

In general symptoms are worse during weight bearing or asymmetrical activities, for example;

  • turning over in bed,
  • walking or running
  • using stairs,
  • climbing, descending hills
  • getting out of a chair or car
  • standing on one leg (whether putting on socks or performing any number of yoga asanas)
  • swimming breaststroke
  • at the end of the day

What can be done about it?

 Lots! First of all come to Balance for an assessment with our pelvic/women’s health specialist to identify the cause of your particular symptoms. They will tailor a specific set of interventions and corrections to meet your needs that may include:

  • Manual therapy will help the pelvic joints function better and also release over working muscles.
  • Exercises that will strengthen and correct muscle imbalances.
  • Lifestyle changes will address and adapt any aggravating activities so that you can enjoy your pregnancy without pain.

Recovery from gynaecological surgery

There are of course specific changes that women experience during specific phases of our lives, the menopause is a time when women choose to address health problems that have arisen over a much longer period and sometimes this results in surgery. But gynaecological surgery can be recommended to women of any age for acute or longstanding problems: fortunately there are ways to hasten your recovery and alleviate your problems

  • understand and address any symptoms associated with menopause no matter how vague they might seem
  • achieve a speedy recovery following hysterectomy
  • speed your recovery and ease your discomforts from any other gynaecological surgery

Women's Classes and Fitness

Fitness

We treat all of our clients as individuals, both men and women. But many fitness practices, protocols and attitudes are biased towards men. So firstly, at Balance Performance many of our coaches and teachers are women. Secondly, we always adapt our training methods to suit your unique needs requirements, so gender is considered by default. Join one of our classes, small groups, or one-2-one personal training sessions to learn and experience high quality physical training with high yield responses and rewards.

What’s available

  • Women only kettlebell fitness class, and women only core and more class, both with women’s health specialist coach.
  • One-2-one kettlebell coaching with Svetlana – the UKs most experienced female kettlebell coach.
  • Personal fitness training for weight loss and leanness (firmer muscles, less body fat) with Svetlana or Ron.
  • Strength and conditioning sessions aimed at specific sports or event performance – from triathlon to netball, a one off marathon or weekly dodgeball with Sabina Skala.
  • Pilates classes, small groups and personal pilates training, mat work or apparatus with Alice and Agur of the Pilates Sanctuary. Pilates Sanctuary is located here with us.
  • Learn how to run more efficiently whilst getting back to running after having a baby. Return to running following injury or illness. Its not just about reinvigorating a running regime though. you can start from the beginning too. All under the careful guidance of Running coach Ben LeVesconte.

Get In touch

Enquire about our Women’s Health services

113 Gauden Road, Clapham, London SW4 6LE

020 7627 2308

Customers reviews

What people say?

I have been a client at Balance for over 5 years and am a big fan. I did their Women's Health MOT after both my pregnancies and was provided great advice from the physiotherapists on staff. They helped me understand my limitations after 2 C-sections and get back in shape safely. I also attended the Women's Only Core & More, and Kettlebells classes run by Regan which were wonderful - a fun way to get fit whilst getting to know other mums. I recommend Balance to every new mum I know!