The team is based in the Physiotherapy Department at Barnsley Hospital. We see out-patients either in the main department or private treatment rooms depending on the nature of the appointment.

Exercise classes are run in the department’s gym. We also see patients on the ante-natal and post-natal ward, gynaecology ward, breast clinic, urogynaecology clinic and sometimes at the birthing centre.

We are all female physiotherapists with specialist training in this area.

The team provides the following services:

Antenatal care

  • Pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain (PGP), or Symphasis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD).
  • Musculoskeletal pain related to pregnancy, eg. back pain.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Diastasis Recti, or separating of the tummy muscles.
  • Ante-natal classes at 34 weeks in conjunction with a midwife.
  • Advice regarding day to day activities during pregnancy.
  • Appropriate exercise programmes to help alleviate painful symptoms and maintain function during pregnancy.

Postnatal Care

  • Monday-Friday ward cover. We see all ladies following delivery to give advice and exercises aimed at helping with recovery and return to normal activity levels.
  • Continued treatment of PGP/SPD, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain etc if required.
  • Follow-up review of Diastasis recti patients with continuation of treatment as needed.
  • Post natal group for ladies who have delivered babies with higher birth weights.
  • Core Stability Classes.
  • 3rd and 4th degree tears / difficult births.
  • Follow-up of musculoskeletal pain from pregnancy.

Continence and Gynaecology

  • Monday-Friday ward cover for advice and exercises to help with recovery and return to function following certain surgical procedures.
  • Stress urinary incontinence (eg. leaking on coughing / laughing / sneezing / exercise).
  • Urge incontinence, or needing to get to the toilet quickly and sometimes leaking before you get there.
  • Frequency – needing to go to the toilet a lot during the day or at night.
  • Bowel problems, eg. Leakage, incomplete emptying etc.

Breast Care

  • Weekday ward cover. Patients are seen individually to give advice and exercises to help with recovery of arm and shoulder function following surgery.
  • Out-patient assessment and treatment for things like arm and shoulder function, scar management and lymphoedema and pain relating to surgery / radiotherapy / chemotherapy.
  • Breast clinic.
  • Next steps exercise class.
  • Pre-op advice and exercise sessions.