What is Women’s Health Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists working in the field of women’s health have a special interest in caring for women across the lifespan, particularly in the areas of obstetrics and gynaecology.

This includes managing problems associated with pregnancy or the postnatal period and a number of bladder, bowel and pelvic floor conditions.

In many cases, all it takes is accurate assessment and treatment by a Women’s Health Physiotherapist to get women back on track.

For some it’s not a very comfortable subject to talk about

We understand that talking about some of these problems can be embarrassing and at times distressing for women.

Our Women’s Health Physiotherapists Jane Rothe and Kate Goode are experienced at putting clients at ease and dealing sensitively with their concerns.

What can Women’s Health Physiotherapy improve?

Women’s Health Physiotherapy can improve the quality of women’s lives by empowering them to take control of their problems.

At myPhysioSA for her, we have a special interest in pregnancy, postnatal and pelvic floor physiotherapy.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life, however the combination of pregnancy hormones and postural changes that occur as your baby grows can have a profound effect on your body. During pregnancy we can help to optimise your health and wellbeing, prevent or manage pregnancy related conditions and help you prepare for labour and the early postnatal recovery period.

 

Some of the common conditions in pregnancy that we can help you manage include:

  • Back, neck and rib pain
  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Wrist pain, tingling or numbness
  • Abdominal muscle separation or weakness
  • Pelvic floor problems

Some great websites we recommend with an extensive source of information on pregnancy, birth and parenting are www.cyh.com and www.pregnancy.com.au

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Postnatal

Pregnancy and childbirth can weaken your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, and the demands of caring for a newborn can lead to a number of aches and pains.

During the postnatal period, some of the conditions we can help you with include:

  • Thumb/wrist pain, tingling, weakness
  • Back, neck, pelvic and/or coccyx pain
  • Abdominal muscle separation or weakness
  • Breastfeeding problems including breast engorgement, mastitis, blocked ducts, postural discomfort
  • Pain after a perineal tear, episiotomy, vaginal delivery
  • Pain after a caesarean section
  • Pelvic floor problems

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Many women suffer in silence with pelvic floor problems for years before seeking help. We understand that these symptoms can be embarrassing and at times distressing.

We will work with you to manage your concerns sensitively and ensure you feel comfortable discussing them with our team. Other women may not have any symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction but are interested to learn more about these muscles to prevent issues later in life – all women can benefit from a pelvic floor assessment and prevention is certainly better than cure.

Some of the common conditions we can help you manage include:

  • Bladder issues such as incontinence, urgency and frequency
  • Bowel issues such as incontinence, urgency, difficulty emptying
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Persistent pelvic pain and sexual pain

Our myPhysioSA for her team can also help you to prepare for and recover from gynaecological surgery such as prolapse repair, continence procedures and hysterectomy.

Pre-operative advice and pelvic floor rehabilitation can improve long term recovery and it can also help guide you to safely return to normal activities and exercise regimes post-operatively.

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What else do Women’s Health Physiotherapists do?

At myPhysioSA for her we are passionate about improving the overall health and wellbeing of women.

Exercise is associated with many health benefits and is an important part of the prevention and treatment of:

  • Diabetes (including gestational diabetes)
  • Osteoporosis

It has also been shown to be beneficial for both mother and baby during pregnancy. It is often hard to know which type of exercise is best – at myPhysioSA for her we can prescribe an individualised exercise program to suit your specific needs.

 

We also offer three main classes:

  • Pilates (mat and small equipment)
  • Beautiful Bumps (pregnancy Pilates)
  • Mum’s & Bub’s (supervised class for mother and baby)
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Why does Incontinence (bladder leakage) happen?

Many women know first-hand what is it like to experience incontinence – whether it is was during pregnancy, recovering after having your baby or is still affecting you now. Incontinence or leakage can be from your bladder or your bowel and the amount varies from person to person. This could be a few drops or wetting right through your clothes. Any amount can be embarrassing and this stops a lot of women in daily activities such as playing with their children or grandchildren, social activities and exercise or sport because of leaking or fear of leaking.

The most common cause of incontinence is due to weakness in the pelvic floor – What can I do to help bladder leakage? Click here to read Celia’s advice.

What exercise am I allowed to do during pregnancy?

What exercises are safe to do after having a baby?