Women's Health Physiotherapy in Kalgoorlie
Women’s health physiotherapy relates to treatment of specific conditions of the pelvic region including but not limited to continence, sexual dysfunction and prolapse. Women’s Health physiotherapy also includes conditions only affecting women, for example pregnancy, or specific to female anatomy. Some conditions we can assist with are:
A common condition that affects men and women. 1 in 4 Australian’s will experience some form of incontinence in their lifetime, either urinary, faecal or a combination of the two. Surprisingly a large sum of these people will not seek professional help for this condition. This is unfortunate as there is a lot that can be done to manage and possibly cure the problem. Just because it is common does not mean it is normal, see your trained physiotherapist today to help get on top of this potentially debilitating condition!
Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles at the base of the pelvis that work together to provide continence, sexual function and pelvic organ support. When they aren’t working optimally, they can cause lots of issues including incontinence, erectile dysfunction, pain with sex, reduced sensation or no sensation with sex, prolapse, pelvic pain and more. Therefore, ensuring they are working well or addressing these issues is important and can be managed easily with the right program. A trained physiotherapist will be able to accurately assess and treat you accordingly to ensure an individualised and targeting retraining program is prescribed.
Pre and post breast/ gynaecological cancer or surgery care
Physiotherapy can help improve symptoms and recovery related to breast, gynaecological cancers and other surgeries. Following treatment for breast cancer, tissue around the breast can be tight, painful and lead to restrictions using the upper limb. Physiotherapy can aid in restoring upper limb function and tissue flexibility.
Following gynaecological surgeries including cancer removal, hysterectomy and prolapse repair physiotherapy is important to restore overall pelvic function and address any post-operative pain and scar healing.
Symptoms of urgency can include needing to pass urine or faeces frequently which is bothersome and disruptive. Symptoms can also include leakage due to not being able to make it on time to the toilet. Overactive bladder can present in the same way however can be managed differently. Both respond very well to physiotherapy and specific retraining.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
This condition usually has symptoms of heaviness or dragging in the perineal area or feeling a bulge or lump in the vagina. It is a common condition especially in those who have had children. It is a common condition that affects mostly women, with some women not being aware they have it. It can be successfully treated under the guidance of a trained physiotherapist to address pelvic floor strength and control.
Other women’s health conditions physiotherapy can assist with are:
- Mastitis / blocked milk ducts
- Cracked nipples
- Bowel issues (constipation, flatulence, haemorrhoids)
- Pregnancy related pelvic pain (sacroiliac and pubic symphysis)
- Pregnancy related back pain
- Gestational carpal tunnel syndrome
- Caesarean management
- Postnatal wrist and thumb pain
- Perineal Pain (following episiotomy or tearing)
- Post-natal pelvic and coccyx pain
- Postnatal back pain
- Diastasis recti / abdominal muscle separation and weakness.