Women's Health Physiotherapy
Pelvic Floor Health AssessmentThis assesses your pelvic and vaginal tissue condition, pelvic floor contraction technique (and ways to improve this), strength and endurance measurements of the pelvic floor muscles and pelvic organ positioning.
Bladder or Bowel Dysfunction (Incontinence)Incontinence is the involuntary leakage or urine which may happen with certain activities or with sport. Or another common symptom is the urgent desire to go to the bathroom which may be uncontrollable. You may also experience difficulty or pain when producing bowel movements and constipation.
ProlapseCommon symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse which you may experience are a pressure, heaviness or discomfort in the pelvic and vaginal area which may occur at the beginning or end of the day or following exercise.
We look to assess your pelvic organ positioning and implement a treatment strategy allowing you to complete your activities and exercise symptom free, additionally avoiding the need for any surgery.
We provide pessary fittings for long term management of prolapse symptoms.
EndometriosisThorough history of pain and potential contributing factors. Our aim is to change the protective response your body creates and encourage it to move once again. Treatment options may include pelvic floor relaxation techniques, manual therapy and stretches, optimising bladder and bowel health and exercise prescription.
Pain with Sexual IntercourseCommon symptoms of pain within the vaginal area may include pain when using your bladder or bowel, pain using a tampon, or pain during or after sexual intercourse. Treatment focuses on helping you to understand your pain, assessment of pelvic floor health and relaxation techniques and addressing any other symptoms we identify.
Back/Pelvic/Hip Pain (during or post pregnancy)60% of pregnant women will experience pain during or post pregnancy therefore assessment of the entire body mechanics and posture can identify potential contributing factors to your pain.
Treatment includes joint mobilisation, exercise prescription, lifestyle modification and sleeping strategies.
Postnatal AssessmentAssessment of perineal tears, vaginal trauma, tissue quality, prolapse, abdominal separation, pelvic floor muscle strength assessment Treatment will focus on episiotomy management, exercising prescription and advice on returning to exercise, pelvic floor muscle program, improve bladder, bowel and sexual functioning.
Laura Watt - Physiotherapist
“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