Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Service

Our Pelvic Health Physiotherapists will ensure that you receive the most up-to-date and effective evidence-based management plan for your problem. Physiotherapists carry out an assessment and examination of your problem, and they will then discuss and agree a treatment / management plan with you. Pelvic Health Physiotherapy takes a holistic approach that involves the patient directly in their own care. This might include: 

  • Information, advice, and education
  • A rehabilitation and/or self-care programme agreed with you, that you are responsible for.  This may include wider health and lifestyle aspects such as smoking, alcohol intake and general levels of physical activity.
  • Condition specific exercises
  • Pain management advice
  • Postural/ergonomic recommendations
  • Manual therapy techniques, in line with best current evidence and NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) recommendations.
  • Referral onto other specialist services 


Pelvic Health problems are often best managed by a Specialist Physiotherapist, and we provide treatment and management for both men and women for the following conditions:   

  • Chronic Pelvic Pain (including Prostatitis, Coccyx Pain, and vaginal Pain)  
  • Bladder Problems (Frequency, Urgency, and Incontinence)  
  • Bowel Problems (Urgency, Incontinence, and constipation)
  • Weak pelvic Floor Muscles (erectile dysfunction, altered vaginal sensation)
  • Vaginal Prolapse
  • Back & Pelvic Pain during or after pregnancy
  • Separation of the abdominal muscles (DRAM) 

We provide telephone, video and face-to-face consultations. You will be seen by the same therapist at each appointment, and your consultation will last between 30 minutes to 1 hour.  

Your assessment will take place in a private room. We may need to assess your back, stomach muscles and/or pelvis, so please wear suitable clothing e.g. shorts, leggings or appropriate underwear.

If you have been referred with chronic pelvic pain, bladder & bowel problems or vaginal prolapse, we are likely to suggest a vaginal or rectal examination. This will be fully explained to you prior to any examination, and you are able to decline. Please talk to your therapist if you have any worries or concerns about this.

For telephone and video appointments please ensure you are available at the allocated appointment time and in an environment where you feel comfortable to discuss your condition. For a video consultation, you will need the following:  

  • a private and well-lit area where you won’t be disturbed during the consultation 
  • good connection to the internet / WIFI signal 
  • an android or iOS device 

For all appointments, please ensure you have a list of your current medications available to provide for the Physiotherapist. 

You will be asked questions about your current condition. These may include:

• The history of your condition

• Medication

• Medical History

• Your occupation, hobbies or interests and how they are affected

You may also be asked general questions about your physical and mental health and wellbeing e.g. in relation to your weight and how physically active you are.

Following the initial assessment the physiotherapist will discuss a treatment plan with you. This will usually include:

  • An exercise programme for you to follow at home.
  • Information and advice on how to access physical activity and exercise sessions within your local community.
  • Signposting to community social wellbeing and mental health support services, and lifestyle services.

You will be informed of the location of your treatment when you book your appointment. This is normally at your local hospital. Please ask if you need further directions or assistance.Please note that if you are driving you should allow yourself adequate time to park as it is sometimes difficult to find suitable parking during the day. The hospital operates a ‘Pay & Display’ system for parking.


You can be referred directly from an NCA consultant to any site. In Bury you can also be referred from your GP.

Some referrals are accepted from other health professionals or locations, but this will depend on the site and individual circumstances.

Bladder and Bowel Service 



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