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.