Continence and Women's Health Physiotherapist is a title only allowed to be used by Physiotherapists with extensive post graduate training in the field of Continence and Women's Health. They can also treat men's health problems.
Nearly 4.8 million Australians over the age of 15, including 1 in 3 women, and 1 in 10 men suffer from incontinence. Incontinence is a very distressing condition that has a major negative impact on quality of life. Yet, many people are unaware that these specially qualified Physiotherapists can treat problems with incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction, often helping to avoid surgery
Continence and Women's Health Physiotherapists can help to manage the following conditions:
- Urinary leakage/incontinence
- Urinary urgency
- Going to the toilet too frequently in the day or night
- In both men and women
- Incontinence of faeces or wind
- Obstructed defecation and constipation
- Pain in the pelvic, abdominal, anal, vulva or vaginal regions
- Can be related to childbirth, surgery, endometriosis, vulvodynia etc.
- Painful sex
Pre and Post Pelvic Surgery
- Prostate surgery
- Hysterectomy, prolapse repair
- Continence and other bladder and bowel procedures
- Mastitis/Blocked Ducts
- Damaged Nipples
- Including after prostatectomy
- Abdominal muscle separation (diastasis)
- Pelvic pain (sacro-iliac and pubic symphysis joints)
- Coccyx pain
- Wrist pain
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
- Safe return to exercise
Research shows that a tailored pelvic floor exercise program is effective in reducing urinary incontinence.
Other Services for women in the pre and post natal period include:
- Individually tailored pelvic floor exercise programs
- Specific exercise modification for weakened abdominals and general fitness programs
Physiotherapy for women in the pre and post natal period aims to prevent, manage and improve conditions.