Women’s Health & Continence

1 in 3 women have pelvic floor dysfunction, let us help.

Pregnancy

Every pregnant women should have their pelvic floor and abdominal muscles assessed, this will ensure you are provided with the appropriate information and exercises. Physiotherapy can help you manage any aches and pains that pregnancy may present you with.

Exercise & Pregnancy

Exercising while being pregnant has benefits for the mother and the baby, inclusive of mother’s that were inactive, overweight or active prior to their pregnancy.

Postnatal Care

After 6 weeks postnatal, every mother should see a Women’s Heath Physiotherapist. This is to assess the pelvic floor, ensure that bladder and bowel function is optimal, and prescribed an individualalised exercise program focusing on abdominal strength and cardiovascular fitness. 

Breastfeeding

While breastfeeding mother’s may experience blocked ducts and mastitis of the breast, and painful and cracked nipples. A physiotherapist can ease pain, help manage, and provide appropriate advice to enhance your breastfeeding journey.  

Women’s Pelvic Health

Women at all ages can experience pelvic floor dysfunction. Commonly urinary/bowel incontinence, constipation, pain with intercourse, vaginal prolapse and more. Your Women’s Health Physio will assess and help you to be the best you! 

Baby

Your baby will start to grow and develop from the first day they are born. It is important to optimise their growth by incorporating tummy time from early on. Some babies may develop postional related conditions such as a ‘flat spot’ on their head.

We specialise in pelvic health for women and children. 

At SSSP we believe in treating you holistically. Our Physiotherapist Shauna will guide you through your pregnancy journey, into your birth, and through to your post-natal period.

She will then help you achieve your exercise-based goals and return to your previous function. Shauna also treats women of all ages with pelvic floor dysfunction.

What can we help you with?

Pregnancy and post pregnancy aches and pains:

  • Carpel tunnel
  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Low back and hip pain
  • Upper back and neck pain
  • De Quervain’s syndrome (wrist pain associated with the post natal phase)
  • Abdominal separation
    Caesarean scar tissue management

 

“Women that complete pelvic muscle training in their pregnancy reduce their risk for developing stress urinary incontinence by 62% in pregnancy”

Pelvic floor dysfunction:

  • Pelvic floor muscle training
  • Stress urinary incontinence (SUI)
  • Bladder urgency
  • Bowel dysfunction and constipation
  • Pelvic organ Prolapse’s
  • Overactive pelvic floor
  • Pain with intercourse or pain at the vagina

Breastfeeding related conditions:

  • Mastitis, blocked ducts, engorgement
  • Nipple pain and trauma

Pelvic Floor

Do you feeling like you are busting to the toilet all the time or frequently visiting the toilet?
The pelvic floor is made up of muscles, fascia and ligaments. They sit underneath the bladder, bowel and uterus; and the urethra, vagina and rectum passes through the pelvic floor.

When functioning adequately, the pelvic floor controls changes in pressure in our tummy, maintains the pelvic floor organs position and prevents any bladder or bowel leaking (for example during coughing, sneezing or running).

There is no need to actively contract or relax your pelvic floor, if there are no symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction or if you are not at risk of pelvic floor dysfunction. However, if the pelvic floor is dysfunctional it can cause bladder and bowel issues, such urinary incontinence and constipation, and it can also result in sexual pain and dysfunction and vaginal prolapses.

6 week postnatal assessment.

A 6 week post natal physiotherapy assessment is different to the 6 week post natal assessment with your GP or Obstetrician.

At your physiotherapy review, Shauna will assess your abdominal muscles, screen for any pelvic floor dysfunction, create goals to return to exercise and previous function, and provide individualised education.

There is no need to actively contract or relax your pelvic floor, if there are no symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction or if you are not at risk of pelvic floor dysfunction. However, if the pelvic floor is dysfunctional it can cause bladder and bowel issues, such urinary incontinence and constipation, and it can also result in sexual pain and dysfunction and vaginal prolapses.

Breastfeeding

It is common to experience nipple pain or blocked ducts while breastfeeding, and our physio’s here at SSSP can help you. We use therapeutic ultrasound to treat mastitis, engorgement and blocked ducts. Ultrasound uses small vibrations combined with gentle movement, from the physio, to move the breast tissue to break down the blocked duct or lumps. To treat nipple cracks, trauma and pain, we use laser therapy. The laser helps improve tissue healing and reduces the sensation at the nipple making it numb or reducing pain.

Both treatments are comfortable and pain-free. Generally, it takes 2-3 consecutive treatments to resolve breast symptoms, but changes can be noticed within one treatment.

If you have been recently diagnosed with mastitis and are on antibiotics, we can still treat you, but we ask you to let our receptionists know.

6 week postnatal assessment.

A 6 week post natal physiotherapy assessment is different to the 6 week post natal assessment with your GP or Obstetrician.

At your physiotherapy review, Shauna will assess your abdominal muscles, screen for any pelvic floor dysfunction, create goals to return to exercise and previous function, and provide individualised education.

There is no need to actively contract or relax your pelvic floor, if there are no symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction or if you are not at risk of pelvic floor dysfunction. However, if the pelvic floor is dysfunctional it can cause bladder and bowel issues, such urinary incontinence and constipation, and it can also result in sexual pain and dysfunction and vaginal prolapses.

Breastfeeding

It is common to experience nipple pain or blocked ducts while breastfeeding, and our physio’s here at SSSP can help you. We use therapeutic ultrasound to treat mastitis, engorgement and blocked ducts. Ultrasound uses small vibrations combined with gentle movement, from the physio, to move the breast tissue to break down the blocked duct or lumps. To treat nipple cracks, trauma and pain, we use laser therapy. The laser helps improve tissue healing and reduces the sensation at the nipple making it numb or reducing pain.

Both treatments are comfortable and pain-free. Generally, it takes 2-3 consecutive treatments to resolve breast symptoms, but changes can be noticed within one treatment.

If you have been recently diagnosed with mastitis and are on antibiotics, we can still treat you, but we ask you to let our receptionists know.

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