Hello. My name is Emma Brockwell and I am a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, and I am particularly passionate about running.
Pelvic health issues affect many women at some stage of their lives. 80% of women in the U.K. will have a baby and every woman will go through the menopause. Both these events can cause issues, such as incontinence of urine, pelvic organ prolapse, pain during intercourse (to name but a few). These issues are common but not normal and the vast majority of these can be treated effectively with physiotherapy.
I graduated from St. George’s Medical School in 2005 with a degree in physiotherapy and began my career at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge, gaining a broad range of experience within musculoskeletal, neurology and orthopaedic physiotherapy, among other fields.
In 2007 I moved back to London and continued to work for the NHS and private sector, refining my interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
After various issues with my first pregnancy, I developed a career changing interest in the field of pelvic health physiotherapy. I established and developed a very successful pelvic health clinic at London Bridge Hospital, and I now work independently at the The Spot Wellness Centre in Godstone and Body Logic Health in Battersea, London.
I enjoy treating conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse, bladder and bowel dysfunction, incontinence, diastasis recti and pelvic floor problems including vulval pain and sexual discomfort. I also treat women with endometriosis, pelvic pain, and back, pelvic and coccyx pain during pregnancy.
My particular interest is around the perinatal period. I love guiding, rehabilitating and supporting women during their pregnancy, and postnatal recovery. I believe that all post-natal women should be seen by a pelvic health physiotherapist to optimise rehabilitation and obtain a safe and effective return to exercise. Through personal experience I found recovery difficult, and information and advice inconsistent and this need not be the case.
I have completed many post graduate Pelvic Obstetric Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP) women’s health courses, Maeve Whelan’s manual therapy for the pelvic floor course, Ramona Hortons visceral mobilsation, Holly Hermans advanced pelvic floor course, Taryn Hallams advanced pelvic floor course and I am a recognised Mummy Mot practitioner.
I am a member of the professional network Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP) as well as a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and a member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
In my free time I love to run and as a family we are very active. I set up and lead the successful Oxted Ladies Run Club. I am also a founding member of the collaborative campaign group Pelvicroar. I am also on the Clinical Advisory Board of the Active Pregnancy Foundation, The Perinatal Physical Activity research Group and Pandas UK. I have also written the UKs first Return to Running Postnatal Guidelines which can be downloaded here and I have spoken at many sports, medical and pelvic health conferences.