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.