Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where will the assessment and treatment take place?
Our clinic is based at The Retreat Farm in Little Baddow, CM9 6RY. If using sat nav, please be aware it will take you to Bassetts lane and not the turn off to The Retreat Farm. There is signage at the turning on Bassetts Lane. Google maps navigation will take you directly to The Reatreat Farm. Please park directly outside The Retreat which is the building on the left as you enter the car park. The physiotherapist may be treating a patient so please wait in the waiting area to the right as you enter the building.
Home visits upon request are also available:
We travel to Chelmsford, Witham, Hatfield Peverel, Maldon, Danbury, Little Baddow, Langford, Ulting, Woodham Walter and Great Baddow and surrounding villages. We will bring along a treatment plinth and all the necessary equipment. Please can you wear loose clothing such as shorts/jogging bottoms and a t shirt.
2. Can I cancel my appointment?
Please give more than 48 hours’ notice if you would like to cancel or reschedule your appointment. Cancellations made within 24-48 hours of your appointment will be charged 25% of the appointment fee. Cancellations made under 24 hours notice will be charged 50% of the appointment fee.
3. Is a physiotherapist the right person to see?
Physiotherapists are an excellent first point of contact for musculoskeletal, pelvic, obstetric (pregnancy related) and gynaecological conditions. Many conditions will respond very well to physiotherapy. However, if we think that you would benefit from an onward referral to another specialist, then this will be discussed, with your consent.
4. Will I be given any exercises to do?
Physiotherapy generally works best when accompanied by home exercises to complement the treatment. Any concerns you have with being able to commit to do the exercises can be discussed at your appointment.
5. How many sessions will I need?
This will depend on the nature of your problem. At your initial consultation we will discuss your treatment plan, set goals and we will recommend the frequency and approximate number of sessions needed. Typically this is around 5-6 sessions.
Women’s Health FAQ’s
1. Do I need to see a physiotherapist?
We would recommend seeing a Women's Health Physiotherapist if experiencing symptoms of
Incontinence (bladder and bowel)
Pain around the pelvis/spine
Heaviness or bulging in the vagina or back passage
Advise on returning to exercise after having a baby
Separation of abdominal muscles
After having a baby, your body will have been through some significant changes during your pregnancy and birth. We encourage ALL mums to go for a post-natal assessment with a Women's Health Physio. This is in order to treat any problems, prevent any problems and advise you on a safe return to exercise.
2. How long after I have given birth can I be seen?
We typically advise that you have your initial physiotherapy session 6 weeks post birth of your baby. However, some women like to come before this as they would like to commence treatment as soon as possible. We are happy to treat you whenever you feel ready.
3. Will I have to be examined internally by the physiotherapist?
Normally any pelvic floor condition would benefit from the physiotherapist undertaking a vaginal/internal examination. This examination gives us a wealth of information to tailor your treatment and management plan to achieve the best results possible. However, we will only carry out a vaginal examination with your consent and we can still gain information on your condition by other means of assessment if you would prefer not to have the examination.
4. Is it OK if my baby is around during the session?
Absolutely! We can work around your baby's needs during the session.