Overview

What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

A Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist is someone who has done further training in this specific area and has a passion for helping women and men with pelvic pain, incontinence and dysfunction. At PEAK we have Physiotherapists that work in both Men’s Health and Women’s Health Physiotherapist.

What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Used For?

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy encopasses a range of physiotherapy treatment options for a varied group of conditions. Conditions might include pain during pregnancy, urinary or fecal incontinence, sexual dysfunction or post prostate cancer treatment. An assessment will involve your Physiotherapist discussing your symptoms and concerns, assessing your movement and strength and then creating a customised treatment plan that will work towards achieving your goals.

Pelvic Pain In Pregnancy

A Women’s Health Physiotherapist can work with you during pregnancy and beyond to help manage any pelvic pain you may experience. A condition that is common during pregnancy is pelvic girdle pain which can also be known as symphysis pubis dysfunction. Pelvic girdle pain is a collective term for pain that you may experience in your pelvis and lower back and can radiate into your bottocks, hip, thighs and perineum. Your PEAK Women’s Health Physiotherapist can assess your symptoms, educate you on how best to manage them and provide you with exercises to help strengthen and support yourself throughout your pregnancy.

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is a condition that affects 1 in 3 women regardless of whether they have or have not been pregnant. Whilst it is common, it is not something that is not accepted to be normal. There are 2 main forms of incontinence, stress urinary incontinence and urge urinary incontinence. Your PEAK Women’s Health Physiotherapist can help you determine what type of incontinence you have, what causes your symptoms and provide you with pelvic floor physiotherapy exercises to work to strengthen and empower you.

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

The pelvic floor, like any muscle group, can be weak or strong. Imbalances in the pelvic floor muscles can lead to sexual pain and dysfunction, urinary or fecal incontinence and pain in the low back or pelvic region. Your Physiotherapist will work with you to manage your pain and symptoms.

Post Prostate Cancer

Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help with men who have undergone treatment for prostate cancer and for those who have undergone a Prostatectomy (the removal of a prostate). When a prostate is removed it changes the positioning of the pelvic organs which can affect how well the male pelvic floor can work. Your Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist will assist you in helping to strengthen the surrounding muscles to avoid incontinence.

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Benefits of Pelvic Floor Physio

The benefits of seeing a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist includes:

  • Individual assessment and treatment of any pelvic concerns
  • In depth knowledge for support during and after pregnancy in relation to pelvic pain
  • Holistic management of musculoskeletal conditions for women during different phases of life (during pregnancy, menopause, endometriosis)
  • Informative evidence based treatment for men who have undergone a prostatectomy

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FAQs Frequently Asked Questions

Wear something comfortable. Depending on the appointment you have if you are working with your Physiotherapist on exercises you may wish to wear active gear. For a Womens Health assessment, you can attend in your normal clothes.

While unfortunately leaking with sneezing or running is common for women (especially postnatally), it isn’t something that has to be accepted as normal. Urinary incontinence can have good outcomes with strengthening the pelvic floor and learning how to manage the symptoms.

An assessment will involve a thorough history and subjective assessment followed by a functional assessment. The assessment may include an internal exam by a Women’s Health Physiotherapist which involves testing the muscle function of the pelvic floor to assist with exercise prescription and to ensure we are focussing on the correct concern. Treatment will be directed by your findings, from there you will be provided with personalised advice and education to help you understand and feel in control of your concern. Your Physiotherapist will likely develop an exercise plan and if needed will recommend other devices to help with symptoms.

Our locations

Hawthorne

PEAK Hawthorne opened in 2012 and was extended and renovated in 2020. You see the same team whether we see you at Hawthorne or one of our other clinics.  Hawthorne offers private treatment rooms and a spacious exercise area incorporating the latest equipment and technology, unrestricted single level access and off-street parking. We also provide HICAPS for real-time private health claiming.

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New Farm

PEAK New Farm opened in August 2019. You see the same team whether we see you at New Farm or one of our other clinics. New Farm offers private treatment rooms and a spacious exercise area incorporating the latest equipment and technology, unrestricted single level access and off-street parking. We also provide HICAPS for real-time private health claiming.

Hawthorne

Address
5/171 Riding Road,
Hawthorne, QLD, 4171
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Opening Hours -
6 days per week
  • Monday - Friday: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

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New Farm

Address
1/15 Lamington Street,
New Farm, QLD, 4005
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Opening Hours -
6 days per week
  • Monday - Thursday: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Friday - Saturday: 7:00 am - 1:00 pm

To make a booking outside of business hours, please use our form by clicking here.