POGP are physiotherapists who have a special interest in women and men’s health. Many have gone on to specialise in this area of physiotherapy. Areas of specialty may include:
- The physiotherapeutic care of women in relation to childbirth, both antenatally and postnatally, including the delivery of antenatal classes for the woman and her partner.
- Specialise in the conservative treatment of bladder and bowel incontinence for men and women and in some cases children.
- May be involved in the care of women undergoing gynaecological and breast surgery.
- Specialise in the treatment of musculo-skeletal conditions both during pregnancy, and immediately postnatally.
- May also be specialists in the treatment of sexual dysfunction in relation to pelvic floor muscle problems for men and women.
The POGP has produced a wide variety of information booklets on a range of conditions and topics in women and men’s health. The booklets have been written by qualified women and men’s health physiotherapists with reference to evidence and research where available and are updated regularly.
Some of our most popular booklets for patients include:
View the full list of our POGP booklets here
Our booklets are mainly read only and not printable, but you can order booklets here.
Physiotherapists who work with pregnancy, postnatal, pelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction are specialist practitioners who have the right skills, specific knowledge and training to assess and treat a range of conditions in the most appropriate way.
Many women and men’s health physiotherapists work in the NHS. Your GP will be able to advise you where your local specialist works and complete an NHS referral.
There are also many women and men’s health specialists that work in private practice. The CSP provides a free listings service for its privately practicing members, some of which will specialise in this area. Please visit the CSP’s website where you can search for a private physiotherapist.
We frequently have interviews and article in the national media that may be of interest to you regarding pelvic floor problems.
Our public relations officer has given an interview to Jane Garvey on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, has helped with articles for the Daily Mail and The Guardian newspapers and featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine.
Here is a link to a video on the CSP site talking about how pelvic floor exercises can help after childbirth.
If you have a question that has not been answered here, you can ask our patient liaison officer Rebecca Bennett via our Contact Us section of our website.