What is Women’s Health Physiotherapy & Exercise Physiology?
Women’s health Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology focuses on the treatment and diagnosis of conditions that affect a woman’s physical and emotional well being. Pelvic floor and other related conditions can cause anxiety and emotional distress, withdrawal from social activities and in some instances impact our relationships.
Here at Caboolture Physical Therapy Centre, our Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists will work closely with you, treating you as a whole with respect, understanding and discretion.
What womens health conditions do we often encounter?
- Pelvic floor dysfunction (link to pelvic floor health)
- Pelvic and sexual pain
- pelvic floor spasming
- painful periods
- vulval pain with sitting
- chronic pelvic pain
- coccyx pain
- Incontinence (urinary and bowel)
- Pre and post-natal health
- pelvic girdle pain
- back and neck pain
- weaking of the abdominal muscles
- pain, bladder and bowel problems following labor
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- preperation for vaginal or pelvic surgery
- post op recovery from hysterectomy
How can our women’s health physio assist you?
Our womens health physiotherapist specialises in conditions related to the pelvis and the neural pathways that affect your pelvic health. These can include; pelvic floor related concerns, bladder and bowel incontinence/ leakage, pelvic pain and lower back pain. Together, we work to provide you with the knowledge, education and assistance to not only treat your concerns but to enhance your understanding of your condition and develop a pelvic health program that is tailored to your needs.
How can our Exercise Physiologist help you?
Our exercise physiologist works closely with our physiotherapist to ensure safe delivery of exercise. Your exercise physiologist will work with you, guide you through exercise and work toward your goals. We can assist you back into your regular day to day activities with restored confidence. See also https://www.caboolturephysio.com/womens-health-and-exercise-physiology/
Pelvic floor health
What is your pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor consists of a sling of muscles and ligaments that stretches from your pubic bone to the tailbone. These tissues form the base of the pelvis or “floor”.
What do the pelvic floor muscles do?
Your pelvic floor acts like a trampoline or hammock. The muscles work together to support your internal organs (bladder, bowel & uterus in women) and (bladder & bowel in men), with support, these muscles allow for continence to be maintained, they also allow you to void when necessary, have sexual intercourse and give birth. The pelvic floor enhances stability of the pelvis alongside other structures. When these muscles are strong and working adequately, they act to prevent incontinence and prolapse in both men and women.
How do you know if you have a weak pelvic floor?
When the pelvic floor muscles become weak, you may experience some of the following symptoms;
- incontinence of the bladder and or bowel
- prolapse (reduced pelvic floor support for internal organs)
- increased flatulence
- sexual organ dysfunction: erectile dysfunction/ reduction in vaginal sensation
Common causes of pelvic floor weakness?
- constipation or constant straining and bearing down
- constantly lifting heavy load or strong repetitive loading in sport such as gymnastics and running- particularly when you are trained or prepared for such activity.
- pregnancy and childbirth.
- chronic coughing
- prostate surgery
- gynaecological surgeries
- genetic factors
How do you know if you have an overactive pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor is also prone to over-activation which may lead to the following symptoms;
- pelvic pain
- pain during intercourse
- difficulty going to the toilet
Causes of pelvic floor over activity?
- chronic pain and abdominal guarding
- chronic infections
- previous history of trauma
- overuse and over training of the pelvic floor muscles
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and feel that they are impacting your quality of life, know you are not alone. Our Physiotherapist specializes in women’s health and together with our Exercise Physiologist, we can work with you to address the underlying cause of your symptoms and regain control of your pelvic floor.
Women’s Heath Physiotherapist: Kaye Kerr B.Phty. Dip.Ac.
Women’s Health Exercise Physiologist: Emma Perry B.Ex Sc.