What does a Women’s Health and Continence Physiotherapist do? – Part 2

What does a Women’s Health and Continence Physiotherapist do? – Part 2

How does this relate to pregnancy and menopause in women?

During pregnancy your Continence and Women’s Health Bicton Physiotherapist can perform a pregnancy assessment and pelvic floor assessment and treat any pregnancy pain such as pelvis pain, sacroiliac joint pain, pubic symphysis pain, back pain and sciatica. Our Continence and Women’s Health Bicton Physio Louise can perform all these assessments.

The pelvic floor can become stretched during pregnancy and childbirth in women so it is important that all women get a pelvic floor screen by a Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist at 12 weeks after having their baby – this will assess your pelvis and pelvic floor, abdominal muscle separation (rectus abdominal diastasis) and a musculoskeletal screen. Performing a strengthening program after childbirth has grade 1A evidence for treating and preventing stress incontinence (ICS 2015). It also reduces and treats prolapse. Your Women’s Health Bicton Physio can also assist after childbirth with treatment for scarring from episiotomy or caesarian birth. Therapeutic ultrasound can be used to treat blocked milk ducts with breastfeeding. Real time ultrasound imaging can be used to assess and measure pelvic floor muscles and abdominal muscle separation and can be performed at Bicton Physiotherapy.

Menopause is another time where issues may present due to reduced hormones in the body leading to reduced blood flow to the pelvic floor and weakness in these muscles. Having a screening of your pelvic floor muscles when you start the menopause is important so your Women’s health and Continence Physiotherapist can work with your GP to assess and manage any problems particularly with incontinence, prolapse and pain with intercourse.

The following conditions can be treated by our Continence and Women’s Health Bicton Physiotherapist Louise

- pelvic organ prolapse
- urinary leakage / incontinence and bladder urgency
- pregnancy assessments and pregnancy pain
- post natal assessment for pelvic floor muscles and abdominal muscles with real time ultrasound imaging
- treatment of episiotomy and caesarian scar tissue
- mastitis and blocked ducts
- painful intercourse
- vulvodynia (vaginal pain)
- pelvic pain including endometriosis
- bowel dysfunction and constipation

To get a pelvic checkup come see our friendly Continence and Women’s Health Louise at Apex Physiotherapy Bicton!

For more information give us a call at Bicton Physio 93193632.

Useful continence and pelvic websites:

https://www.continence.org.au/

https://www.ics.org/2015

http://www.pelvicpain.org.au/

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