Women’s Health Physiotherapist for bladder weakness
Over our lifetime, our pelvic floor is subjected to many stresses that can contribute to weakness and dysfunction. Lifestyle factors, structural abnormalities, ageing and injury can contribute to bladder and bowel weakness, prolapse or pain. Women’s health physiotherapy can help.
One in three women who have had a baby have experienced bladder leakage or weakness, and as many as 50% of women suffer from some level of prolapse, according to the Continence Foundation of Australia. Women’s health physiotherapy is an evidence based treatment available to help.
Pelvic floor and women’s health physiotherapy is the most recommended and evidence-based therapy available to treat pelvic floor, bladder and bowel dysfunction, leakage or weakness. Pelvic floor, continence and women’s health physiotherapy can help clients achieve better physical and mental outcomes, and ultimately lead a more meaningful and fulfilled life.
Our physiotherapists hold post-graduate certificates & clinical masters degrees in pelvic floor and continence physiotherapy, are registered physiotherapists and members of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, The Continence Foundation of Australia and Women’s Health Training Associates. Read more about our team.
Book your appointment at our Gerringong clinic online now. If you have any questions please call 0497 098 881 or email@example.com.
- Initial Pelvic Floor & Continence Physiotherapy consultation: $125
- Standard Pelvic Floor & Continence Physiotherapy consultation: $90
What can a women’s health physiotherapist help with?
A pelvic floor and women’s health physiotherapist can help you with the symptoms of bladder, bowel and pelvic floor weakness, and pre/post-natal rehabilitation, including:
- Bladder and bowel weakness, leakage and dysfunction
- Excessive night waking to urinate
- Excessive urination frequency
- Prolapse or pelvic organ descent
- Pelvic pain and bladder pain
- Dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
- Pre and post-natal pain and weakness
- Obstetric and perineal tears or episiotomy
- Pelvic and abdominal weakness
- Post-natal abdominal muscle separation
- Pre and post-prostatectomy rehabilitation
- Pre and post-gynaecological surgery rehabilitation
- Post-natal return to sport assessments and recommendations
Why pelvic floor physiotherapy?
Pelvic floor muscle training is the most recommended and evidence-based therapy available to treat pelvic floor, bladder and bowel dysfunction or weakness.
Like any other muscle group in the body, such as your biceps or hamstrings, the pelvic floor muscles can be trained and strengthened. By training the pelvic floor muscles that extend from your pubic bone at the front to your tail bone at the back, you provide greater support and an upward lift to your pelvic organs, much the same as the water in the ocean supports and lifts a ship from underneath.
Our physiotherapists are highly trained and can help you get started in an individualised program to train your pelvic floor muscles.
What is involved in individual pelvic floor physiotherapy consultations?
After gaining a better understanding of your concerns and goals, your physiotherapist will help you understand your health condition, and the processes which may have contributed.
Your physiotherapist will help you understand the action of the pelvic floor muscles. They may show you how well your muscles are contracting using a ‘real time ultrasound’ machine, where they get an image of your pelvic floor muscles through a sensor which is held on your lower tummy.
You may be asked to fill out some diaries or forms at home which give your physiotherapist more information about your bladder and bowel health.
During the second consultation, we consolidate our learning from the first session. Your physiotherapist will analyse any diaries they sent home with you and will give you further information on your condition. If you feel comfortable, our physiotherapist can perform an internal vaginal examination to accurately determine the strength and condition of your pelvic floor muscles. Your physiotherapist can use this information to give you a personalised exercise program and accurate treatment advice.