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Women’s Health Physiotherapists are specially trained to assess and treat conditions affecting the pelvic floor muscles.
A Women’s Health Physiotherapist can treat conditions such as bladder and bowel incontinence, prolapse and pelvic pain.
You can expect your consultation to be in a private room, with a trained Women’s Health Physiotherapist, who will listen and understand your symptoms and concerns.
Initial consultations take approximately 1 hour to allow the Physiotherapist time to take a detailed history, and if consent is given, perform a physical examination of the pelvic floor muscles.
Following the assessment the Physiotherapist will provide education and advice about the diagnosis, treatment, and management of the pelvic floor condition.
The Physiotherapist will also prescribe an individualised pelvic floor exercise program to the woman.
Follow up appointments are approximately 30 minutes, and are necessary to ensure the pelvic floor condition is properly addressed.
1. Pelvic floor conditions aren’t common – In fact they are very common! 4.8 million Australians have incontinence and 70% of those are women.
2 Pelvic floor physiotherapy is only for women who are pregnant, or who have children – All women, throughout their life stages may need to see a Women’s Health Physiotherapist to improve the function of their pelvic floor muscles.
3. My babies were delivered by caesarean section, therefore I don’t need pelvic floor physiotherapy – research shows after two caesarean sections you have the same risk as a woman who had a vaginal delivery
4. I’ve just given birth, and I wasn’t given a lot of information about my pelvic floor, so that means I can return to whatever exercise I like – bringing a baby into the world is a momentous and often overwhelming time. It’s very normal to forget information provided to you in the hospital, but that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Consulting a Women’s Health Physiotherapist is highly recommended before returning to exercise to ensure your pelvic floor, and core muscles can support you.
5. I think I know how to use my pelvic floor, but I don’t do exercise regularly – The pelvic floor is a muscle, and like every muscle in the body it requires ongoing exercise to maintain strength. Research shows with verbal instruction alone 70% of women cannot perform a pelvic floor contraction.
6. An appointment with a women’s health physiotherapist will be awkward and embarrassing – Our pelvic floor physiotherapist is a health care professional, who is respectful and compassionate. Your assessment and treatments are designed to ensure comfort and dignity. All information remains confidential to the treating Physiotherapist.
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