Women’s Health Physiotherapy helps manage and treat issues specific to women throughout their life. At Artarmon Physiotherapy we are experienced and highly trained physiotherapists who specialize in health concerns related to pelvic floor dysfunction, pre and post-natal rehabilitation, continence, pelvic pain and pre and post-menopausal changes. Our Physiotherapist, Delena Caagbay has a special interest in the women’s health and is a current PhD student at the University of Sydney. Delena is currently looking at the impact of pelvic floor muscle exercise for women who have a pelvic organ prolapse in Nepal.
What is the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor is a complex web of muscles, fascia and fibrous tissue that helps support the pelvic organs including the bladder, uterus and bowel. The muscles extend from the tailbone at the back to the pubic bone at the front. The pelvic floor has an important role in sexual function, pregnancy, birthing, supporting the spine and maintaining continence.
What causes pelvic floor weakness?
Just like any other muscles the pelvic floor muscles can become weak. Reasons for this include:
Persistent heavy lifting
Conditions we can help you with:
Incontinence (leaking from the bladder or bowel)
Pain during intercourse
Abdominal/pelvic/lower back pain
Urinary, faecal or night time urgency
Pelvic organ prolapse
Pelvic floor dysfunction
What to expect on your initial appointment:
Your initial session will involve a comprehensive assessment of your pelvic floor function, bladder and bowel habits, sexual and obstetric background. In some occasions an internal examination may be required to facilitate an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. This will be discussed during your appointment should it be required. We will then develop a management plan to best suit your needs. This may include: