General Women’s Health Presentations
Move Forward has a number of Physiotherapists experienced in the treatment of health issues specifically related to women. You may see your Move Forward Physiotherapist for treatment of incontinence and other pelvic floor issues, pre and post natal exercise prescription, post menopausal health and prevention of osteoporosis, and treatment of acute conditions such as mastitis. Both our professional female and male staff will show you the care and respect required while treating these sensitive conditions but if you do prefer a female in these situations please let reception or your treating physiotherapist know.
When to see us for Women’s Health Physiotherapy:
- Incontinence & Pelvic Floor issues (ultrasound guided)
- Ante natal & Post natal care
- Abdominal muscle separation (RAD)
- Breast feeding / postural issues – including mastitis
- Lower back, pelvic girdle, sciatic, postural, neck pain
- Core muscle retraining
- Return to safe exercise
Pelvic Floor and Continence Physiotherapy helps with:
- Urine leakage when you exercise, laugh, cough, sneeze.
- Frequency issues: The need to go to the toilet frequently
- Urge issue: Trouble reaching the toilet in time
- Difficulty emptying your bladder or bowel
- Difficulty controlling wind or your bowel
- Pre-operative and Post-operative management following gynaecological surgery such as hysterectomy
Complex Women’s Health Presentations
Our principle women’s health physiotherapist Ashlee Cook practices out of our Hillarys Move Forward clinic. She has successfully completed her Level 1 and Level 2 APA-WHTA training in Women’s Health Physiotherapy. This training recognises that Ashlee can formally treat health issues specifically related to women across the lifespan, including during pregnancy, during recovery after childbirth and post-menopausal. Ashlee is currently undergoing further training in advanced stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse management with APA-WHTA attaining competency in pessary fitting and management.
At Move Forward Hillarys Physiotherapy; Ashlee treats;
- Bladder leakage and urgency
- Difficulty emptying the bladder or bowel
- Bowel incontinence and constipation
- Post hysterectomy incontinence (also post prostatectomy incontinence for men)
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Pelvic Floor dysfunction (weakness, poor timing and overactivity)
- Pelvic Pain (endometriosis, vulvodynia, vaginal pain, urethral, bladder or bowel pain)
- Sexual pain and painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Pre and post-natal exercise prescription as your body changes. Post-natal Pilates classes available.
- Abdominal muscle separation (RAD) following child birth
- Mastitis or blocked milk ducts (therapeutic pulsed ultrasound equipment on site)
- Cracked nipples
- Lower back, pelvic girdle, sciatic, wrist, postural and neck pain induced with pregnancy and post-natal. (Prescription of pelvic belt supports and fitting of SRC leggings).
- Core muscle retraining (real-time ultrasound guided and reformer Pilates based).
- Return to safe exercise
- Exercise prescription and advice regarding osteoporosis in the post-menopausal client.
All pelvic floor assessments and treatments at our Hillary’s clinic are provided in a private and confidential environment. Assessments can either be performed using non-invasive real-time ultrasound imaging (RTUI) or for a more comprehensive and accurate assessment, a vaginal assessment. The latter can only be performed by Ashlee with her training. Otherwise, we have brand new state of the art RTUI at our Jindalee clinic too where the female physiotherapists also have a strong interest in women’s health physiotherapy.
Pelvic floor dysfunction
Real-time ultrasound imaging (RTUI) assists with the assessment of pelvic floor dysfunction and can be performed safely and non-invasively. (See RTUI information). Your breathing pattern will also need to be assessed as good diaphragmatic breathing is essential for ideal pelvic floor function. Using RTUI you will actually be able to see your pelvic floor muscles contracting, and learn how to perform the exercises correctly, for both contraction and relaxation of this muscle group.
Mastitis and/or blocked milk ducts
Therapeutic Ultrasound – Different to the RTUI, therapeutic ultrasound can often unblock a clogged milk duct very quickly and is the same machine more commonly used for rolled ankles or sprained knees. If the ducts are not unblocked in a timely manner, true mastitis can result, with the client suffering a fever, rigors, and sharp pain in the breast. Mastitis can come on very quickly and is very uncomfortable, so it is best to seek medical and physiotherapy attention as soon as possible.
Pre and post natal exercise prescription
Your body goes through so many changes during pregnancy, so it is essential to exercise in a safe but effective manner to remain healthy and happy. As your body changes, weaknesses in your muscles or joints may become apparent that were not obvious before hand. Once your baby has arrived, it is time to ensure your pelvic floor is functioning well, and that your lower back is strong enough to allow you to carry your baby around. Your Move Forward Physiotherapist can devise a pre and post natal exercise program that is right for you.
Exercise Programs and Advice – As women age they become very susceptible to developing osteoporosis, or loss of calcium in the bones. A regular weight bearing exercise regime can decrease your bone density loss. This might involve a walking program, or even lifting light weights at home. A balance program can also assist in the prevention of falls, a common cause of bone fractures in older women. Your Move Forward Physiotherapist can advise you on exercise and lifestyle habits to keep you strong and healthy as you age. Able to utilize are on site gym at Quinns Physiotherapy or the advice of our Physiotherapists at any of our locations we are sure we can give you the optimum management for your exercise rehabilitation.
Visit our amazing Physio’s at Quinns Physiotherapy and Hillarys Physiotherapy for more advice regarding Women’s Health Physiotherapy and the Real time ultrasound or any of our great staff from all our locations for general treatment and advice