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Incontinence (file pic) is thought to affect up to six million people in the UK, and is more common in women, as pregnancy, childbirth and menopause can weaken the muscles that control urination.

This is why my job is so important. It is vital that women are aware of the consequences of neglecting their pelvic floor and how important these exercises are.

For millions of women, childbirth is a somewhat daunting yet thoroughly rewarding process. In the western world, many years of medical research and professional experience mean that women have access to expert care before, during and after birth. However, there is still one matter that is not being…

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There are plenty of old wives' tales and misconceptions about childbirth - the most enduring of which being that women in labour need to push. But a new midwife-led programme is working to dispel this myth by encouraging women to slow down during delivery and consider alternative positions.

How can ante-natal Clinical Pilates help you?

Pregnancy is a challenging time for your body. Let clinical pilates support you

Adapted for every stage of pregnancy, helping to:...
• Maintain fitness throughout your pregnancy
• Improve posture
• Improve flexibility
• Prevent back and pelvic pain
• Prevent neck pain and middle back stiffness
• Address areas of muscle imbalance
• Strengthen abdominal, back,hip and pelvic floor muscles
• Strengthen your upper back and arm muscles
• Prepare you for labour
• Enhance relaxation
• Reduce risk of pregnancy related medical conditions.

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How can post-natal Clinical Pilates help you?

Let Clinical Pilates help you to reclaim your body and build a strong foundation for motherhood!

Your personalised clinical Pilates programme will help you:...
• Increase abdominal muscle strength and tone
• Increase Pelvic Floor muscle strength and tone
• Strengthen upper back and arm muscles to help with breastfeeding and carrying babies
• Improve posture
• Decrease low back pain
• Treat separated abdominal muscles
• Improve flexibility
• Return to the gym or your chosen sport
• Aid weight loss

Helping you to have a yummy tummy!

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Incontinence & Physiotherapy

Don’t suffer in silence, let our Women’s Health Physiotherapist Laura Barrett, help you get back to the activities you love

Urinary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine. It is a very common problem, especially in women. It can occur at any age but it is more likely to develop as you get older. It is thought to affect millions of people worldwide.


There are various types of urinary incontinence, but the two main types are stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
Stress incontinence occurs when there is a sudden extra pressure on the bladder and the pelvic floor muscles are too weak to prevent urination. Urine will tend to leak most when you cough, laugh, or when you exercise. Weakness of the pelvic floor muscles can result from childbirth and may be exacerbated by other factors such as age, constipation, having a chronic cough and being overweight.

Urge incontinence is when there is an urgent desire to pass urine and it is thought to occur as a result of incorrect signals being sent between the brain and the bladder.

Many people do not tell their doctor about their incontinence, due to embarrassment. Some people wrongly think that incontinence is a normal part of ageing or that it cannot be treated. This is unfortunate, as many cases can be successfully treated or significantly improved.

A specialised assessment will include a discussion on your toileting habits, your daily intake of fluids, previous pregnancies and childbirth and past medical history. Assessment may also include, with your consent, a vaginal examination to determine the strength and function of your pelvic floor muscles. Treatment of incontinence includes:
• Personalised Pelvic floor exercise programme
• Bladder retraining
• Education and advice

If you are having difficulty with performing pelvic floor exercises, the physiotherapist may utilise electrical stimulation, muscle feedback (biofeedback) and specialised weights to assist in activating the pelvic floor muscles.

To book in and see Laura Barrett for a specialised assessment call Laura Barrett on 07572 415009, email her on

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Women's Health Physiotherapy & Pregnancy

Your body undergoes many changes during pregnancy and continues to change post-natally. It is important to address any issues that occur at this time so as to prevent problems later in life.

Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is a common complaint during or after pregnancy affecting up to one in four pregnant women. Symptoms of PGP include pain at the front and/or the back of the pelvis. Pain is most commonly felt whilst walking, climbing stairs...

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What is Clinical Pilates?

Just like your body, your Pilates programme should be UNIQUE

Clinical Pilates is a modified form of traditional Pilates exercise that was developed and is used by physiotherapists to help with the rehabilitation and prevention of injuries.


Clinical Pilates uses floor-based exercise together with resistance bands, balls, rollers or weights to allow you to develop muscular strength and control, improved balance and mobility, and better posture.

We blend clinical knowledge, experience and training to formulate an individualised programme to suit the requirements of each client.

We place great emphasis on the accurate assessment of your condition in order to design a programme that specifically targets your areas of weakness, to improve function and efficiency, and reduced pain.

Clinical Pilates can be used in the management of a variety of medical conditions, including:
⎫ Back and neck pain
⎫ Sports injuries
⎫ Headaches
⎫ Rehabilitation following surgery
⎫ Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
⎫ Osteoporosis
⎫ Scoliosis

We aim to provide ongoing motivation, encouragement, and instruction to help you accomplish your personalised goals

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About Laura Barrett........
Laura graduated from King’s College London in 2004 with a first class honours in physiotherapy. She has worked in the NHS, private hospitals and clinics and for the last 7 years she has been Head of Women’s Health physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates specialist in a large private polyclinic in Dubai.
Having trained with the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI) from 2006 she has gained expertise in the clinical application of Pilates. I...n all her work places she has set up clinical Pilates classes for ante-natal and post-natal care as well as generalised classes. Laura believes that clinical Pilates can benefit everyone resulting in a stronger core and better posture thus helping in injury prevention.
Laura has specialised in Women's Health Physiotherapy. She is clinically trained to provide specialised assessment, effective advice and treatment to a population that is sometimes neglected. Her areas of expertise are pelvic floor rehabilitation in the management of incontinence and prolapse and the treatment of pelvic and spinal pain in the pregnant population.

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What is Unique Physiotherapy & Clinical Pilates?

A women's health service offering physiotherapy and clinical Pilates to the women of Surrey.
Working from Banstead Physio and Therapies, BoCo Surbiton, Bookham Charted Physiotherapy Service and from Walton on Thames. Home visits are also available in Surrey.


Women's Health conditions treated:
-Pelvic Organ Prolapse
-Pelvic floor tightness and pain
-Pregnancy related pain
-Diastasis Recti (separation of the tummy muscles)

Clinical Pilates for the management of:
-Spinal pain
-post-surgical rehabilitation
-sports injuries
-postural dysfunction
-weight management
-ante-natal care
-post-natal care
-Diastasis Recti
-Pelvic floor dysfunctions

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