Women’s Health Physiotherapists treat conditions specific to pregnancy, post-natal and menopause; painful sexual intercourse; bladder and bowel problems; pelvic pain as well as to provide pre and post-op pelvic floor rehab for gynaecological surgeries.
Pregnancy & Postnatal Services
Pregnancy Ante-Natal Assessment
Our pregnancy assessment is suitable for any time period throughout the pregnancy. Our experienced Women's Health Physiotherapist can assist with pelvic floor and abdominal function, low back pain and pelvic pain and create a tailored management plan including activity and exercise advice specific to the individual's needs and goals. If you would simply like to attend for Pregnancy Exercise, we offer a Pregnancy Exercise Assessment to ensure you are suitable for the sessions
At PROmotion we offer both Pregnancy mat exercise sessions and equipment sessions. In our pregnancy exercise sessions you will have a program targeting goals set by you and your physio. Your program will include upper and lower limb strengthening, pelvic floor
activation and mobility exercises specifically designed for your current trimester as well aseducation regarding pregnancy and birth.
During pregnancy and child birth, a woman’s body goes through a huge amount of change and wonderful transformation. The changes that occur include increased laxity of the pelvic ligaments as well as significant load through your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.
From 6 weeks following either a caesarean or vaginal birth, it is important for women to have a thorough post-natal assessment by a trained Women’s Health Physiotherapist. A post-natal review allows you to discuss and manage any problems that you are experiencing, prevent any injuries occurring, return safely to exercise and sexual intercourse; and to ensure that your body fully heals following pregnancy and birth.
Mums & Bubs Exercise Sessions
A variety of Mums & Bubs Exercise sessions are offered; including mat based, equipment and from 4 months postpartum gym based. Following your post natal assessment, mum's and bub's are welcomed into the appropriate class which involves exercises appropriate for your fitness level and post pregnancy body - encouraging correct pelvic floor activation and lifting techniques. Sessions are 55 minutes in length.
Mastitis is a condition where the breast becomes inflamed. Commonly, an area of the breast is red and tender and there may also be a blocked duct which feels like a lump. Mastitis generally occurs in the first 3 months after your baby’s birth but can occur at other times as well. We use Therapeutic ultrasound which creates sound waves to unblock milk ducts where many blockages occur. Single sessions of ultrasound therapy can assist in significantly decreasing painful symptoms.
Stress Urinary Incontinence
Leaking urine when coughing, sneezing, running or lifting is a common problem that affects a significant percentage of the population. An individualised pelvic floor exercise program prescribed by a physiotherapist, combined with maintaining a healthy weight is the most effective form of management for women and men of all ages.
Overactive Bladder (Urinary urgency/incontinence)
Needing to use the bathroom very urgently with or without leaking urine is another common bladder problem that affects both men and women. A physiotherapist can teach bladder calming and training strategies which are an effective and quick treatment to manage urgency, as well as advising about cutting out specific food and drink that may be irritating the bladder.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Prolapse which is a feeling of a lump or bulge in the vagina can occur in both the post-natal and peri-menopausal periods of life and is often described as distressing or impacting on a person’s quality of life. Pelvic floor muscle exercises are effective at reducing symptoms of prolapse. A physiotherapist can also advise on the correct ways to lift objects, open bowels and exercise while managing a prolapse. A silicon pessary inserted into the vagina can be another way to help women to continue to exercise more comfortably.
Pelvic Pain, Sexual Pain & Dysfunction
Vaginismus (Genito-pelvic pain penetration disorder/GPPPD)
A common but seldom discussed pelvic floor issue is the inability for some women to enjoy sexual intercourse. One component of this problem is pelvic floor muscle tightness and involuntary clenching of the muscles with penetration. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help by teaching the muscles to relax, stretching tight pelvic muscles as well as using vaginal dilators to gradually allow intercourse.
Vulvodynia or vulval pain is pain anywhere around the entrance to the vagina. Women can experience pain with certain triggers such as wearing tight pants, bike riding, sitting and sexual intercourse. Pelvic floor muscle relaxation exercises, stretching and learning about the science behind pain and stress reduction can help resolve vulval pain.