Women’s Health Physiotherapy refers to all issues related to women including pelvic floor dysfunction, incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain, sexual pain, bladder pain, severe period pain, pain passing bowel motions and more. Our Physiotherapist, Bonnie Broomfield, specialises in the management of conditions unique to women and luckily there are many things which can be done to improve and often cure these problems.
You can claim a medicare rebate for Women’s Health consultations if you are referred by your GP under the Enhanced Primary Care scheme which entitles you to receive 5 rebateable treatments per year.
Did you know that 1 in every 3 women suffer from some bladder leakage? And as many as 75% of women will experience some degree of pelvic floor prolapse in their lifetime? These problems may be common but they are definitely not worth putting up with!
We regularly treat patients with Women’s Health problems such as:
- If you have bladder leakage when you cough, sneeze, pick up your kids or during sports – this is also known as stress urinary incontinence
- If you experience a sudden urge to go to the toilet with little or no warning – this is also known as urgency.
- If you feel you need to go to the toilet too frequently throughout the day, or more than twice at night – this is also known as urinary frequency and nocturia.
- If you feel your pelvic floor muscles are weak following childbirth.
- If you are having bladder problems pre- and post-childbirth
- If you have vaginal or pelvic organ prolapse or a dragging and/or bulging sensation in the vaginal
- If you have pelvic pain, sexual pain or discomfort, bladder or bowel pain passing motions,
muscular pain around or under the pelvis, or cramping and severe period pain.
Who Is At Risk?
Any woman who has been through childbirth will have had some weakening of their pelvic floor. Women who have had a more complicated birth especially involving the use of forceps, or suffered from a tear during the birth, are much more at risk of developing pelvic floor problems. The risk also increases for women with increasing number of births. Older women going through menopause may also begin to notice pelvic floor problems even if they had no issues after having children. This is due to the decreased levels of the hormone oestrogen which causes weakening of the pelvic floor. Incontinence issues can also develop in women who have not had children, especially if they have a history of high impact exercise or gynaecological surgery such as a hysterectomy.
Pelvic pain can often be caused by overactive and tight pelvic floor muscles which
can happen to any women whether you have had children or not. Just like the pain
you get in your neck and shoulders when your muscles are tight, if the pelvic floor
muscles are tight for a long period they can contribute to chronic pelvic pain as well
as pain with sex, inserting tampons and increased cramping with period pain.
Overactive pelvic floor muscles can also contribute to low back pain, gluteal
tightness as well as poor posture.