Women's Health

Coast Sport is now offering specialised services in Women’s Health Physiotherapy.

Your body goes through the biggest physiological changes when women go through puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Therefore, during and after these major muscular, hormonal, cardiovascular and physiological changes, rehabilitation is at the forefront of care.

Our women’s health physiotherapist Laura and exercise physiologist Leigh-Anne have specific interest in pelvic floor dysfunction, surgical rehabilitation, pregnancy and post-natal care, urinary dysfunction and bowel dysfunction.

These particularly areas can include:

    • Back pain and pelvic pain throughout pregnancy or post-natal
    • Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction
    • High risk pregnancy management – including pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, placenta praevia, multiple pregnancy and incompetent cervix
    • Post-natal care – including pelvic organ prolapse, perineal tear’s, episiotomy management, exercising post birth, diastasis recti and long-term muscle rehabilitation
    • Incontinence – bladder and bowel

    Some of the symptoms you may be feeling from decreased control of your pelvic floor are:

      • Leaking urine with coughing, sneezing, running, laughing or jumping
      • Sudden urge to urinate and unable to get to the toilet in time
      • Needing to urinate frequently throughout the day
      • Tampons aren’t staying in place
      • Bulging felt at the vaginal opening
      • Unable to or difficulty opening your bowels

      If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, or are currently pregnancy or recently given birth, it is important to be assessed by a physiotherapist in order to manage everything as effectively as you can. Your appointment will include a full history including a detailed history of your pelvic health, sexual function and bladder and bowel function. This will be followed by an internal vaginal examination to assess the pelvic floor function, pelvic organ positioning, and baseline measurements. A treatment plan will then be implemented to address your specific needs.
“Pelvic floor muscles are very important and if poorly controlled, can lead to prolapse and loss of bladder and bowel control. Physiotherapists trained in continence management can assess your pelvic floor and help you can control” – Australian Physiotherapy Association

Laura Watt - Physiotherapist

Leigh-Anne McBride - Exercise Physiologist

Chronic Disease Management (CDM)

Exercise Physiologists work with the GP’s under the CDM Medicare rebated scheme to treat conditions that may affect Women's health such as:

  • Type II Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Weight management and obesity
  • Lower back pain
  • Mental Health conditions (Depression and anxiety)
  • Neurological conditions (such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s)

Antenatal Care

Importance of exercise during pregnancy:

  • Exercise assists during pregnancy in preventing conditions such as pelvic and back pain due to postural changes
  • It is also important in improving sleep and preventing insomnia that can occur especially in the 3rd trimester
  • Exercise helps to decrease anxiety and stress, helps improve mood and gives a sense of wellbeing that benefits Mum and Bub!
  • It is beneficial to be stronger and fitter during labour especially if it is long or intense, we focus on breath work too which can help too with pain relief
  • Digestive issues such as constipation can be improved by regular exercise
  • Exercise can also help to improve and prevent varicose veins and circulation problems
  • It can also assist in the regulation of blood sugar control and preventing onset of Diabetes during pregnancy
  • Strengthening and maintaining pelvic floor control to prevent incontinence

EP’s work specifically with the patient and provide safe measures for exercise such as heart rate and blood pressure control.

Postnatal Care

Now that there is a new baby a lot of the focus often shifts away from Mum which can have harmful effects both physically and emotionally. Return to exercise depends on the type of birth for example post caesarean section usually requires a 6 week wait before returning. Specific exercise can help Mum to:

  • Return to pre pregnancy weight and fitness
  • Be strong enough to carry Bub
  • Prevent neck and back pain caused by feeding and carrying
  • Improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety
  • Working in a group can help many new mums to feel like they are not alone and get some tips from each other!
  • Treat conditions such as Diastasis recti (Splitting of the abdominal muscles), Pelvic organ prolapse and Urinary incontinence that can result from pregnancy

Pilates Classes - Antenatal & Postnatal

Our classes at Coast Sport are on a Monday at 10am and run by our Exercise Physiologist Leigh-Anne McBride who has over 10 years of experience in pregnancy and exercise and has 2 children of her own.