Women's Health & Continence

Women's and Men's pelvic health health Physiotherapists are specifically trained to provide advice on the treatment and management for a broad range of pelvic conditions.

Conditions managed include:

  • incontinence

    • Stress incontinence

    • Urge/mixed incontinence

    • Night/day urinary issues

  • Difficulty initiating or stopping urine or wind

  • Over/under-active bladder

  • Bowel dysfunction including incomplete emptying, constipation, urgency and incontinence 

  • Pelvic organ prolapse

  • Pre/post gynaecological surgery

  • Pelvic and anorectal pain

  • Pregnancy related pain

  • Pre/post pregnancy management

  • Exercise programs for osteoporosis and menopause

 

Assessment

 

Similar to our other physiotherapy services, we spend an extended period in the initial session to conduct a thorough history taking focusing on the bladder, bowel and pelvic floor function. We have multiple ways to assess the pelvic floor function and these options will be discussed with you on your first appointment. 

 

Treatment

Management strategies include:

  • A tailored exercise program for your pelvic floor targeting strength, endurance, coordination and in some cases pelvic floor downtraining

  • Education around your condition, including lifestyle management, changes to bladder and bowel habits

  • Strategies and devices for incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse including the use of pessaries

  • A wholistic approach incorporating general exercises and gym work as appropriate, focusing on you as a person, and tailored specifically to you.

Not sure if you need help?

A lot of these conditions are common, but not normal, so if you answer yes to any of these questions, we can help! 

  • Do you ever leak urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh, jump, run or go to the gym? 

  • Do you get a sudden urge to go to the bathroom and sometimes don’t make it? 

  • Do you plan your day around where the nearest toilet is or do you get up multiple times at night to void? 

  • Do you wake up twice or more during the night to go to the toilet?

  • Do you sometimes leak before you get to the toilet?

  • Do you ever feel like your bladder or bowels aren't completely empty after you go to the toilet? 

  • Do you strain to empty your bowel?

  • Do you sometimes soil your underwear

  • Do you experience general pelvic pain or severe period pain? 

  • Do you feel heaviness or dragging in your vagina throughout the day or whilst playing sport / running? 

  • Do you experience sexual pain?

Questions from Continence Foundation of Australia

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