Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
What is the Pelvic Floor?
At Midland physiotherapy we offer specialised care for pelvic health of both men and women. This includes the assessment of pelvic floor muscles, ligaments and connective tissue and the management of issues that impact bladder, bowel and sexual function.
Pelvic floor muscle assessment and training
Urinary incontinence (bladder leakage)
Bladder urgency and frequency, including
Overactive Bladder Syndrome
Faecal incontinence (bowel leakage)
Pelvic Organ Prolapse management
Difficulty emptying the bladder
Tailbone, sacrum, hip and lower back pain
Vulva, perineal or vaginal pain (in females)
Scrotal, penile or perineal pain (in males)
Pain with sexual intercourse
Bladder or bowel pain
Pre and post bladder, bowel or gynaecology surgery
Pre and post radical prostatectomy surgery
Pre and post-natal Physiotherapy
If you are currently pregnant or are in the postnatal period our pelvic health physiotherapist can help you with:
- Pelvic floor assessment through pregnancy and postnatal
- Maintaining appropriate levels of exercise during pregnancy
- Active labour advice and preparation for birth
- Pregnancy related lower back and pelvic girdle pain
- TENS machine hire for labour
- Post-natal return to exercise
- Assessment and management of Rectus abdominis diastasis (RAD)/abdominal muscle separation.
What to expect in my appointment
All initial appointments are 1 hour in duration. A detailed history will be taken including questions about your symptoms, bladder and bowel function, fluid and food intake, sexual function, exercise and general health. The physiotherapist will also discuss your goals and determine what you hope to achieve.
A real-time ultrasound assessment is often performed to assess your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.
This is done by placing the ultrasound on your lower stomach. If further information about your pelvic floor is required, an internal examination (vaginal or rectal) can be performed at the second appointment. This is not a compulsory examination however it is very useful and can provide valuable information for both the physiotherapist and yourself. Any queries or concerns about this can be discussed with the physiotherapist at your appointment.
What should I do to prepare for my appointment?
Please bring along any referrals you may have from your doctor or Specialist. If you have had any relevant investigations or imaging please bring a copy of the report if you have it.
The real-time ultrasound requires you to have a full bladder. Approximately 1 hour prior to your appointment go to the toilet and empty your bladder, then drink 1 – 2 glasses of water. It is important that you don’t go to the toilet again until you see the Physiotherapist.
For more information on booking please speak to our friendly staff at 9274 1482