Womens Health Physiotherapy

Womens Health Physiotherapy

The female body goes through extraordinary changes – from menstrual cycles, carrying and delivering a baby, menopause whilst simultaneously going through the various social, cultural changes that we ride in life. We understand that this can take its toll physically as well as mentally and you may be unsure where and whom to turn to for advice. This becomes a further challenge, if topics such as painful sex, leaking, constipation are not openly discussed and sometimes still taboo.

Femme Physiotherapy and Wellness understand, study and respect the challenges women face. We recognize that talking about these issues can be daunting, and provide an open, empathetic space. We provide qualified, evidence based, practical advice in how to help you through issues such as:

  • Urinary Incontinence (Leaking of urine)
  • Bladder Urgency and Bladder conditions e.g Interstitial Cystitis
  • Pregnancy Care
  • Sexual pain
  • Prolapse
  • Menopausal care
  • Abdominal Separation
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Wrist and neck pain
  • Birth Preparation
    • Recommend commencing from 34 weeks pregnant
    • Positions of labour
    • Pain management
    • Pushing techniques
    • Pelvic floor assessment
    • Perineal stretches
    • Early Post natal recovery guidance
    • Education of birth choice and risks
  • Post Natal Care
    • 6 week postnatal checks
    • Scar tissue optimization
    • Guidance to return back to the things you love doing
    • Management of injury

What to expect in an Initial Physiotherapy Check?

To ensure we gain a thorough history and assessment, the initial session will be 50 minutes. Please arrive 5 minutes earlier to your appointment to complete any paperwork asking about your contact and relevant health information, consent and any measurements that we feel could be appropriate in ensuring progress of your care e.g. the Australian Pelvic Floor Questionnaire.

We understand that discussing womens health topics can be difficult. Before we proceed with any questioning or assessment, we will first gain your consent. If you are not comfortable with answering, or having an assessment, please let your therapist know.

Rest assured that everything you discuss during your sessions, will stay between you and your physiotherapist. If you would like us to share information with other medical professionals that you are working with, we will do so under your written consent.

Every woman is unique and individual in their journey, concerns and their goals. In order to link your current concern/s to what you would like to achieve, we will guide you with questions and listen intently to your history and story.
Questions will explore your bladder, bowels, sexual function, medical, obstetric history, any aches and pains and more. If you’re unsure of what your goal is, or an answer to a question, don’t fret – let the physio know and we can help guide you to find the answer or discover where you would like to be!

From your history, Femme physios will start to put the puzzle pieces together and will have an idea of what could potentially be going on. We will explain these issues in non medical language you’ll understand and will recommend an assessment to confirm what your diagnosis is.

In most cases, and only with your consent, an internal pelvic floor assessment may be appropriate. An internal examination is not painful and we will explain to you what we will do so that you have a clear idea of what to expect. An internal exam provides information about your resting tone, your pelvic floor ability, prolapse, organ position, skin, defecation technique and more.

Other assessments may include a stomach and core assessment, looking at functional movements such as squats and musculoskeletal external checks such as range of motion, strength tests in other muscles and joints.

Once we have gathered all the pieces in the puzzle, we’ll explain to you what is going on.

We will provide a tailored plan in how to reach towards your goal, providing an expectation of what steps you may take in order to reach your full potential! These steps can involve exercise, manual therapy from the physio, pessary management, bladder/bowel retraining and/or education. You will leave feeling empowered and more knowledgeable in reaching your potential.

what to expect?

All patients should expect the following when they arrive at the appointment center

Have a Question?

Use the button below to directly contact us regarding any of your health concerns or visit our appointment page to book your appointment