Women's Health Physiotherapy

Women's Health Physiotherapy focuses on all issues related to Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Women's Health Physiotherapy can help whether you are pregnant, a new mum, recovering from gynaecological surgery or experiencing continence or pelvic floor problems. Maud also offers specialist care for breast cancer patients including post mastectomy rehabilitation and manual lymphatic drainage.

Women's Health Physiotherapy can help to improve your health, fitness and general well being.

We treat the following conditions (both ante- and post-natally):


Maud Cioffi MCSP

Maud is highly qualified and experienced in her field and is passionate about helping women. She offers individualised assessment and treatment programmes to women experiencing women's health related problems.

Maud graduated in physiotherapy in 1998 in Paris.

She ran a clinic in Paris for 10 years where she developed a strong interest in women's health. As pelvic floor and abdominal retraining are highly promoted in France and grant aided by the French National Health System, Maud quickly gained good experience in treating pelvic floor disorders, bladder and back passage conditions and prolapses.

She has also completed postgraduate study to manage breast cancer related conditions including manual lymphatic drainage, shoulder exercises, and scar tissue work.

Maud had also extended her knowledge and skill in the treatment of pelvic pain, ante-natal musculo-skeletal conditions and diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles following childbirth).

Maud is a hands-on physiotherapist using both manual therapy and exercises in her treatment. Her approach is global and she does not believe in no pain, no gain.

In addition, Maud offers specialists chest physiotherapy for babies with bronchiolitis.

Maud also offers massage treatments at reCentre.


Maria qualified from Nottingham University in 2003. She is passionate that her patients receive a top level of assessment and treatment, guiding them through an individually tailored treatment programme. Maria is experienced in treating a wide range of pathologies and injuries and uses an evidence based approach to restore function and target pain. Her main aim is to establish the root of the problem and work together with her patients using a combination of manual techniques, acupuncture, Pilates, exercises and advice to reach their goals. She is also trained to use instrument assisted soft tissue massage techniques.

Maria takes into consideration the daily physical strains and stresses that each individual patient encounters, including work postures/work stations, as this is often a key contributing factor to muscle imbalance and pain.

She specialises in sporting injuries, pre and post operative rehabilitation, pre and post natal care, including urinary incontinence and treatment of rectus diastasis. She is also trained in treating patients who have undergone surgical treatment for breast cancer, including cording, scar management and muscle imbalance.



Booking Time: 45 mins

Price £69


Booking Time: 30 mins

Price £59

Booking Time: 45 mins

Price £69



There are several conditions that can cause loss of bladder control. The most common cause however, are weak pelvic floor muscles. The effects of poor bladder control can vary from being a slight inconvenience to seriously affecting a woman's quality of life. Most women say they first notice bladder problem during their first pregnancy but that it becomes worse with future pregnancies and vaginal deliveries. Years down the line women's lives can become dominated by bladder problems causing them to feel self conscious, lose confidence and even become depressed.

Many women adapt their lifestyles and struggle on with a condition that is often easily treatable, not seeking treatment as they feel the only treatment on offer is surgery. This could not be further from the truth.

NICE guidelines recommend physiotherapy as the first treatment option for most people experiencing incontinence or bladder problems.

Physiotherapy focuses on eliminating the symptoms of incontinence, urinary urgency, over active bladder and improving the quality of life of women. This is done through the correct education of pelvic floor muscle training, breathing coordination and advice on fluid intake, bowel control and exercise programmes.


For some women bladder problems have become part of their lives and they have adapted their daily routines to manage their condition. Take a look at the questions below and if you are answering yes to any of them, it could be that you are adapting your lifestyle to manage your symptoms:

If you have answered yes to most of the questions, then you do not have good bladder control and physiotherapy may be able to help you.


There are several problems that can cause bladder leakage:

  1. Weak pelvic floor muscles - muscle weakness in this area means there is lack of support for the bladder neck. Leaking occurs when the area is put under strain ie coughing and sneezing. The pelvic floor muscle is an extremely under rated and often neglected muscle complex, luckily it is quite resilient and forgiving. It usually responds positively to an exercise programme.

  2. An over active bladder - if left untreated it can lead to urinary incontinence. The bladder is basically a muscular sack which should only empty when it is completely full. There are a complex set of reflexes that control the bladder and ensure the bladder empties effectively, but sometimes these reflexes do not work effectively causing the bladder muscle to contract without warning, creating a strong urge to pass urine which can result in urinary incontinence.


There are two main events in our lives that will have an effect on the structure and function of the pelvic floor muscle structure:

  1. After childbirth - problems with both bladder and bowel control are often first noticed during pregnancy and after the birth. Post natally we can sometimes be left with stretched stomach muscles, poor posture and weak pelvic floor muscles.

We sometimes remember to do our pelvic floor muscle training but often with the demands of motherhood we forget about our exercises and our pelvic floor muscles never build up enough strength to provide us with the necessary support when put under strain. As well as this our deep stomach muscles are weak providing less support to our lower back, leaving our spine less supported.

  1. The menopause - hormone levels change during the menopause which can result in a change in the tissue in the vagina, urethra and bladder area leaving us more prone to continence problems.


Specialist Women's Health physiotherapy is available for the treatment of weak pelvic floor muscles and over active bladder syndrome and is recommended as the first line of treatment, according to NICE.

Physiotherapy treatment options are varied and can consist of:

Exercises - many women only need an intensive programme of pelvic floor muscle training to see a noticeable improvement with their symptoms. Learning to contract these muscles correctly with the lower abdominal muscles is really important.

Bladder training - there are specific techniques that can be taught to train the bladder to hold more urine and therefore need emptying less often.

Biofeedback - equipment can be used to teach us how to use the pelvic floor muscle correctly and effectively. It can also be used to assess if there is any improvement in the strength and endurance of the muscle.

Muscle stimulation - in cases where the pelvic floor muscle is very weak and unable to contract independently equipment can be used to remind the muscle how to work. The equipment stimulates the pelvic floor muscle and as the muscle remembers how to contract exercises are then added into the treatment programme.

Relaxation techniques - anxiety and tension make bladder problems worse. Specific relaxation techniques can help to gain control over your bladder.

General advice - about fluid intake, bowel control, exercise levels and setting achievable goals.

There is so much that can be done and the research has shown that physiotherapy can be effective in the treatment of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapsed, often eliminating the need for drugs or surgery.


Your initial appointment will take 45 minutes. Your physio will ask some questions about your general health and medical history. More detailed questions about how your bladder problems affect your quality of life will also be asked. For example:

By asking these questions the physio is able to assess the severity of the problem and decide on the most effective treatment programme.

Routine tests include:

A bladder chart - this is a simple diary which you may be asked to complete over a 3 day period. It provides information about how much and how often you drink, how often you pass urine and how much fluid you are able to hold.

Examination - research indicates that the only effective way to assess the pelvic floor is working correctly is to perform a vaginal examination. This examination is done for several reasons:

If you do not want an internal examination it is possible to learn how to check the muscle yourself.

Once your assesment has been completed, your physio will design your personal treatment programme.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with a therapist before booking your appointment, please contact us.