Improving Your Quality Of Life

Peak Sports And Spine Centre offers health programs specifically tailored to women’s needs.

Our Women’s Health Physiotherapy program focuses on providing relief to women who experience pain and discomfort due to gynaecological problems, which may include anything from menstruation, hormonal conditions, to prolapse.

What is Women’s Health Physiotherapy?

The Pelvis and Pelvic Floor have an important function and undergo a variety of changes throughout our lifespan. Dysfunction in the Muscles of the Pelvic Floor can occur as a function of our lifestyle, pregnancy and childbirth as well as genetics. Issues such as Prolapse, incontinence and Pelvic Pain can have a serious impact on your life.

At Peak, our Women’s Health Physiotherapists have specialised training to assess and treat conditions specific to pregnancy, childbirth, as well as Pelvic pain and dysfunction. There are many factors that can contribute to Pelvic Pain, therefore at Peak we look beyond the Pelvic Floor and assess the whole body posture, pelvic strength and alignment, core strength in addition to spinal strength and mobility. We work with you to determine the best treatment plan, specific to your goals and needs.

Treatment from a Women’s Health Therapist will include an initial consultation, which will take one hour. If you have any investigations (urodynamics, scans), they can be viewed at this time. The assessment will include questions about your pain, condition and your general health.  An examination of the lower back, Pelvis and posture can help to get a better understanding of possible strength or mobility deficits. An Internal examination is often helpful to best understand the strength of your pelvic floor, but is not always necessary. Real time ultrasound can also be used to assess the strength and coordination of the pelvic floor muscles.

After the assessment your Physiotherapist will discuss the findings of the examination, along with options for treatment which may include internal support devices, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, bladder training, activity modification or Pilates.

How can we help

The expertise of a Women’s Health Therapist can help to understand what factors could be contributing to your pelvic floor problem, and what treatments are available to help improve or manage your current symptoms.

At Peak, we want to do more than manage your current symptoms, which is why your Women’s Health Physiotherapist will help identify the possible cause of your symptoms, and work with you to find strategies to prevent the recurrence of your current problem. This may include lifestyle modifications, specific training, or a Pilates Program.

Whatever your goal, whether it is to lift your kids or compete in high level sport, your Women’s Health Therapist will work with you to find a solution.

Benefits

  • Reduced pain
  • Improved daily activities
  • Confidence when in public
  • Prevention of future problems
  • Exercise with freedom

Who can benefit from Women’s Health Physiotherapy?

If you have any of the following symptoms you could benefit from a consultation with a Women’s Health Physio:

  • Bladder problems such as incontinence and an overactive bladder
  • Bladder or Bowel Urgency (the sudden need to go to the bathroom)
  • Problems with constipation and defecation
  • Pre-natal and Postnatal pelvic and lower back pain
  • Prolapse (bowel, uterus or rectal)
  • Rectus Diastasis (abdominal separation)
  • Pre and Post-natal neck and upper back pain

Women’s Physiotherapists are also a great resource when looking for advice on pre and postnatal exercise.

FAQs

  • Bladder problems such as incontinence and overactive bladder
  • Bladder or Bowel Urgency (the sudden need to go to the bathroom)
  • Problems with constipation and defecation
  • Pre and Post-natal pelvic and lower back pain
  • Prolapse (a feeling of heaviness or dragging in the vagina)
  • Rectus Diastasis (abdominal separation)
  • Education on your condition and advice on the best management or treatment for you
  • An individualised pelvic floor muscle strengthening program
  • Bladder and bowel training drills
  • Recommendations for assistive devices
  • Manual therapy, taping and exercise prescription
  • Appropriate referral if necessary

Note:

Our Physiotherapists are specifically trained in Women’s Heath assessment, diagnosis and treatment. All services are delivered in the privacy of closed rooms.