Women’s Health

Improving Your Quality Of Life

Peak Sports And Spine Centre offers health programs specifically tailored to women’s needs.
PEAK’s Women’s Health Service is here to provide the integrative approach to Athlete’s (what we call our patients) having Experiences Not Felt Possible.
This is aimed for all women across their lifespan, helping to identify and improve symptoms related to Pelvic Health. This is all with PEAK’s vision in mind by focussing on why it is so important for our athletes to improve their pelvic health and help them to be empowered to Dream Big!

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, or any symptoms relating to pelvic health. There are many factors that can contribute to pelvic health, 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.

A consultation in person from a Women’s Health Physiotherapist 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 concerns, symptoms, medical history and 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 can often provide beneficial information in regards to your concerns, however this is not always necessary. The Physiotherapist will discuss the process of this in the consultation if suggested.

After the assessment your Physiotherapist will discuss the findings of the examination, along with options for treatment which may include education/lifestyle changes, pelvic floor muscle training, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, bladder training or internal support devices.

If you are unable to attend one of our arenas, PEAK offers Telehelath where we can complete a consultation in the comfort of your own home. This will involve an in depth discussion about your concerns, sending you any necessary measures to complete at home, forming a management plan and home exercise program or goals to work towards.

Telehealth is also a great way to have a consultation with our Women’s Health Physiotherapist to develop and guide you though your own home exercise program especially when you are pregnant or post natal returning to exercise. It is extremely important to stay active throughout your pregnancy however knowing what to do can sometimes feel a little confusing.

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

How can we help?

Whilst not being able to provide any manual therapy treatment, Telehealth is still a great platform for:

  • Consult in clinic
    • Initial and follow up consultations (including internal examination)
    • 1:1 exercise sessions
    • Group Prevention Classes
  • Telehealth
    • Initial and follow up consultations
    • 1:1 exercise programming
    • Group Prevention Classes
  • Work in collaboration with our Functional Medicine Practitioner for conditions such as PCOS, Endometriosis, hormonal imbalances and general wellbeing pre and post natal (link to Functional Med Page)

Benefits

  • Reduced pain
  • Education on self management 
  • Improved daily activities
  • Confidence when in public
  • Prevention of future problems
  • Exercise with freedom
  • Tailored exercise program individual to you
  • Supervised exercise

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
  • Prenatal 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 (Pelvic Girdle Pain)
  • Pregnancy related symptoms (swelling, DeQuervians, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) 
  • Prolapse (a feeling of heaviness or dragging in the vagina)
  • Rectus Diastasis (abdominal separation)
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Postnatal return to exercise
  • 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

  • Call us and let our Allstars know you are interested in a Telehealth Consult
  • They will then provide you with the information regarding how the Coach will contact you to set up the consult
  • You will complete your consult via Video call/ or phone (if requested) in the comfort of your own home (45minutes)
  • The Coach will complete a detailed assessment and request any extra measures be completed between consults (Bladder Diary etc) 
  • The Coach will provide you with education and information regarding your concerns and work with you to arrange a suitable management plan and goals. 
  • You will be provided with a home exercise program and any information required for your understanding.