Welcome to Female Focus

Female Focus…. “Helping you regain control and confidence”

At Female Focus you can expect to receive expert assessment, treatment and advice from a Specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist. I feel extremely passionate about what I do, and I work to empower patients to regain control of their bodies.

I established Female Focus in August 2018 after spending 15 years in the NHS. Although our NHS is a wonderful and unique institution, there are limits to what it can provide, and I felt frustrated that I couldn’t provide the level of service that all women should have access to. This ultimately sparked the inspiration for Female Focus.

Why do women need help?

Women are often provided with little or no information about the effects of childbirth on their bodies. Often, the baby receives all the attention and the mum can be neglected (and she can feel guilty for feeling this way). I have heard of many examples of healthcare professionals normalising problems that mums may be having, such as incontinence and/or prolapse.

These problems can have a huge physical and mental impact on women and worryingly can be a trigger for post-natal depression. I believe that every woman should have the option for assessment with a Specialist Physiotherapist within a few weeks of childbirth. Interestingly, this service is automatically offered to all women in France following childbirth and they are also given the option for follow up appointments and treatment.

It is not just women that have had a baby that can develop problems. Pelvic dysfunction and pain can affect women of any age. Pelvic floor problems often affect older women whose problems in later life may be prevented or reduced if they were given the right information in their younger years. Nowadays, we are all enjoying a wide variety of recreational exercise – some of which really pushes our body to the limit. I am a big advocate of exercise for both the physical and mental benefits that it brings. It is great to see more and more women doing weightlifting, CrossFit, HITT training and many other various forms of exercise. However, it is also becoming increasingly common for women to experience incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse associated with exercise. Whilst commonplace, this is not normal and is in many cases treatable.

It is frustrating that some Women’s Health / Pelvic Heath Physiotherapists give ‘intense exercise’ a bad press. I often hear about physiotherapists having told their patients to stop doing the exercise that they love to ‘save their pelvic floor’. Here at Female Focus, I will not tell you to stop doing something that you love. I want to support you to do what you love and enjoy (while considering your pelvic floor).

Female Focus Clinic Teaching

Lets Talk About It

Unfortunately, many women suffer in silence (sometimes for years) and often are not even aware that help is available. I am passionate about what I do, and I find it really frustrating that so many women put up with problems that specialist physiotherapy treatment could resolve. It seems to be such a taboo subject and often women are too embarrassed to talk openly about their problems, and so they remain unreported and untreated. I want to change this. I understand the impact that these issues can have on patients both physically and emotionally. I understand how distressing talking about some of these problems can be.

I am experienced in dealing sensitively with patients, putting them at ease, in the comfort of a private clinic setting. In this way patients can feel confident enough to talk openly about their problems, knowing everything they say will remain strictly confidential. I work to empower my patients to regain control of their bodies and their confidence. It gives me immense satisfaction when patients report significant improvements, if not complete cure from their problems.

If you are not sure if you need treatment, please just drop me an email babs@femalefocusclinic.co.uk or give me a call 07483 146186 for a quick chat to see how Female Focus might be able to help you.

Our Clinic Location

Female Focus is based in the tranquil and beautiful Yew Tree Wellness in Alderley Edge.

About Female Focus

Barbara Chesworth

Director / Specialist Physiotherapist

My name is Barbara Chesworth (but most people call me Babs). I am originally from County Down in Northern Ireland. I moved...