How long does an assessment last?
An assessment will last from 60-75 minutes. It's advisable to give yourself an hour and a quarter, especially if your symptoms are complex and longstanding.
What does an assessment involve?
Assessment starts with a check of your details as you entered them during the booking process. Then we will have a chat about your symptoms and how they are affecting you. I will ask some more specific questions and I may ask you to complete some questionnaires. Following this, I will complete a physical examination. The type of examination will depend on your symptoms.
What types of physical examination can I expect?
Postural Assessment - I will take a look at your posture in standing and sitting. This will be done in front of a mirror so that you can see what we are discussing.
Abdominal Assessment - Lying on the treatment bed, I will take a look at your abdomen to check for muscle tone and tension, signs of constipation and abdominal tenderness. It is also useful to look at your breathing techniques and whether you are moving your diaphragm well.
Pelvic Assessment - I will look at the external view of your pelvis and perineum. This is completed in privacy behind a curtain. I will check your pelvic floor movement and release as well as your sensation. Following this, I will examine the internal pelvic structures. No speculum is used during this examination and I use latex free gloves and usually a water based lubricant.
During the examination, I will discuss my findings with you in the hope that you will learn more about your body and how to possibly reduce your symptoms. Feel free to ask questions at any time during your assessment. All examinations will only be completed with your verbal consent, and you can withdraw this consent at any time.
Do I need to wear or bring anything in particular?
It is useful to wear comfortable clothing so that you can move easily during the examination. There is a curtained area in the treatment room if you would prefer to get changed when you arrive. For the pelvic assessment, a towel will be provided to cover your hips and thighs.
You may benefit from bringing along a list of medication you are taking regularly and any communication from GP's, consultants or other professionals. If you are attending during pregnancy, it is worthwhile bringing your hand-held pregnancy notes with you.
Do you treat women with separation of the abdominal muscles?
Yes - this is part of the Birth & Beyond program. The initial assessment will look closely at your posture, movement and abdominal muscles. The subsequent treatment program will aim to heal the separation by improving the control and function through your whole core.
Do you treat women with Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Yes - This is part of the pelvic floor program. Your pelvic floor muscles and vaginal tissue will be assessed and you will be set on a treatment plan to increase the support and function of these muscles.
How do I pay for my appointments?
You can pay by credit card, debit card or Apple pay at the end of your appointment. Receipts are available by email, but please request this at the time of payment. You can pay-as-you-go at the end of every appointment or you can choose a package of treatments for a discounted price. For all details on prices, please refer to the 'Prices' page above.
What do I do if I want to cancel an appointment?
Please give me as much notice as possible if you want to cancel. You can access the cancellation from your confirmation or reminder emails, simply click on the link and follow the steps. If you are struggling to find your email link, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating that you need to cancel your appointment and the date and time. If you want to re-arrange the appointment, please re-book online using the booking tab above.
Do you have any social media pages?
Yes - I am on FaceBook as Gillian McCabe Women's Health Physiotherapy and on Twitter and Instagram as GillianMcPhysio. Please feel free to like, follow and review. Once you have attended your initial assessment, you will be invited to join a closed FaceBook group for clients only called Climb Every Mountain where you can receive updates, information and motivation.