Women’s and Pelvic Health are specialist areas of Physiotherapy and Physiotherapist Kirsty has completed post graduate study focusing on best management of many conditions specific to women (of all ages), continence and/or pelvic pain. Our clinical team is passionate about empowering and improving women’s and pelvic health conditions through this targeted service, while also seeing overall improvement in all facets of a woman’s health and wellbeing.
We are still living in a society where urinary incontinence affects 37% of Australian women but 70% of people with urinary leakage do not seek advice or treatment for their problem. We are passionate about providing a place where women feel confident to ask questions, seek management and achieve goals. Women suffering incontinence symptoms see significant benefits from working with a women’s and pelvic health physiotherapist, but you will also be pleased to hear this service and our caring approach is also integral in optimal management of many other conditions.
Some of the conditions you may be experiencing which could benefit from specific Women’s and Pelvic Health physiotherapy (outside stress and urinary incontinence) include: Prolapse, Pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy, understanding and maximising exercise during pregnancy, Pelvic floor weakness, Bladder urgency and frequency, Bladder pain, Voiding issues, Overactive bladder (OAB), Vulvodynia, Vaginismus/ sexual pain (pain with intercourse), Persistent pelvic pain, Endometriosis, Pre and post hysterectomy, Defecation disorders, Pre and post prolapse surgery, Nocturnal enuresis and Coccydynia. Our approach to optimal management of many of these conditions may also include input from other services in our multidisciplinary team like dietetics and group physiotherapy classes.
At OHL we strongly believe physiotherapy is a vital part of living your optimal life and thus we have a specialised women’s and pelvic health physiotherapist part of our team to assist you in the optimal management of these more specialised conditions.
Know Before You Go
Kirsty offers a compassionate and sensitive approach to assessment and management of your symptoms and/or conditions. We understand these can be sometimes we difficult, emotional and/or traumatic symptoms to discuss so your comfort and privacy is our priority.
We happily welcome any little loved ones and/or your partner to join you for any appointments. OHL has a back entrance where you can easily roll a pram into the clinic (and avoid carrying a pram up the stairs at our front entrance); please ask our reception team to explain how best to find this entrance off Dudley Way when you book your appointment.
It is not essential to have a referral from a medical practitioner (GP, Urologist, Gynaecologist) to see a women’s health physiotherapist but if you have one, or have had any imaging or testing done, bring these with you for your initial appointment.
Arriving 15 minutes early for your first appointment allows you time to fill out specific Women’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapy forms (as well as your clinic registration forms) for us prior to seeing Kirsty. These forms help us maximise your time with the practitioner in the appointment and allow us to get to know your goals of the appointment.
Treatment may include supervised pelvic floor muscle training which will be individually tailored and progressed to suit you. It may also include bladder training, manual therapy, lifestyle modifications and global strengthening to support and assist you back to your best health. Kirsty will always ensure to educate you about your condition and develop a personalised treatment plan with self-management strategies to optimise your recovery.
Let us rest any fears about internal examinations. Our Women’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist may recommend an internal examination (either vaginally or rectally) and is only performed with your consent. This is rarely something which is required within an initial appointment and you are welcome to discuss any worries, queries and/or clinical reasoning with Kirsty within your appointment regarding this type of examination. To accurately form a diagnosis and establish a treatment plan an internal examination is the most accurate way to assess the pelvic floor muscles and provides the best information, but is something you and Kirsty decide when or if it is appropriate for you.
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