Women’s Health physiotherapy, as it’s name suggests, refers to physiotherapy for conditions affecting women. The most common condition treated is female urinary incontinence.
Urinary incontinence can frequently respond to retraining the muscles of the pelvic floor. Ceridwen, one of the directors of Burleigh Heads and Broadbeach Physiotherapy Centres, and Natali both have a special interest in womens health physio (they’ve also both had 2 children each themselves!) and have both completed extra training in this area, so if you suffer from incontinence, book in for an assessment today.
If you are concerned about exercise during pregnancy, this article is a good resource to read.
The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has a great Q and A section on their website regarding urinary incontinence. Below is some information from this source.
Signs of poorly controlled pelvic floor muscles:
- Leaking urine when sneezing, coughing, running, laughing (or other sudden actions)
- Not getting to the toilet in time
- Tampons don’t stay in place
- Vaginal or anal wind (flatus) when bending or lifting
- Bulging felt at the vaginal opening (prolapse)
- Difficulty emptying the bowel completely
You need special attention if you:
- Are pregnant or a new mother
- Are menopausal
- Lift heavy objects often
- Suffer from constipation
- Are overweight
- Cough frequently
- Have low backache
- Go to the toilet often to pass small amounts of urine
If you are experiencing any of these issues or would like to check or strengthen your pelvic floor muscles please contact us for further information and to book.