Women’s Health

Womens’ Health – Continence and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

Do you experience any of the following symptoms?

  • Leakage of urine with coughing, sneezing , changing position or playing sport
  • A feeling of urgency or not quite making it to the bathroom in time
  • A feeling of pressure in your lower pelvic region
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Difficulty controlling wind
  • Frequently needing to go to the toilet or going ‘just in case’
  • Difficulty fully emptying your bladder

You may benefit from a pelvic floor assessment from a qualified physiotherapist.

Physiotherapist Sally Postma is qualified to assess and treat the pelvic floor region. The pelvic floor is the only transverse muscle group in the body. If it fails, the repercussions can be far reaching and disabling so it is important that it is assessed and treated it in a similar way to the way we manage any other muscle in the body.

Sally can objectively assess strength, endurance and quality of pelvic floor contractions with respect at all times for your privacy and dignity.

Assessment may involve:

  • Taking a detailed history from you regarding your symptoms and concerns
  • Asking you to complete a bladder diary and /or complete a questionnaire specific to your problem
  • Real-time ultrasound assessment of your pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles (an excellent way for you to visualise how your muscles are activating)
  • Examining your pelvic floor region via an internal examination which can provide crucial information for diagnosis and exercise prescription

Treatment commonly involves:

  • A detailed explanation to help you understand your symptoms and how best to manage them within realistic time frames
  • An individual exercise program with clear goals reflecting your own goals
  • A core stability/Pilates exercise program to complement pelvic floor retraining
  • Bladder retraining
  • Discussion regarding your fluid intake
  • Discussion regarding any contributing lifestyle factors

Common conditions treated:

  • Stress incontinence (leaking with exercise, coughing etc)
  • Overactive bladder (a feeling of urgency or difficulty holding on)
  • Mild to moderate pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pre- or post natal pelvic floor weakness or trauma
  • Bowel incontinence

Benefits of pelvic floor rehabilitation:

  • Help you regain confidence in your bladder/bowel function
  • Improve your quality of life and broaden the range of activities you can comfortably undertake (eg. high-impact sport).
  • Provide an alternative to surgery
  • Reduce the negative effect of aging on your pelvic floor function
  • Improve your mental health if this is being affected by poor bladder/bowel control

For bookings, call 99391057. Initial appointments typically take one hour.

Ask to speak with Sally Postma for further information or to discuss your individual needs.

For more information on the conditions we treat and services we offer, or to book an appointment please call 9939 0157 or email us at info@focusphysiotherapy.com.au

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One of our physios can objectively assess strength, endurance and quality of pelvic floor with the use of real-time ultrasound