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Women’s Health – FAQs

Pelvic Health Physio may seem new and daunting. It is natural to have a lot of questions and uncertainties.
Please click on the questions below for answers to our most commonly asked questions.

What is a Pelvic Health Physio?

A Pelvic Health Physiotherapist is a qualified physiotherapist who has further experience and training specific to Womens and Pelvic Health. Our Pelvic Health Physiotherapists are experts in both Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (ie. muscle and joint injury and dysfunction) as well as pelvic specialists. Hence they can help with pregnancy related back and pelvic pain, advice with return to exercise and activity after pregnancy, incontinence issues, education and rehabilitation following prolapse surgery, and help for a range of conditions causing pelvic pain symptoms

How long does a Pelvic Health Assessment take?

We allow up to 1 hour for your first Pelvic Health Assessment. Subsequent appointment times vary from 30 min to 1 hour depending on your individual requirements and circumstances

How much does a Pelvic Health Assessment Cost?

The Initial Pelvic Health Assessment is $135. Additional surcharges for Internal Examinations, Ultrasound Assessments and and any supplies/equipment may also apply

How many sessions will I need?

At the end of your Pelvic Health Assessment, you will be given a Personal Treatment Plan and outline of the recommended treatment schedule. This Plan will consider your assessment findings, goals and other lifestyle factors such as how far you have to travel for the appointments. We will always consider what will set you up for the best chance of success

Do I have to have an Internal Examination?

An Internal Examination is not mandatory. Your physiotherapist will discuss the benefits of an Internal Examination for your particular symptoms and you can choose whether to have one, or perhaps even postpone it for a subsequent visit. Your physiotherapist can use other techniques such as real time ultrasound if you feel more comfortable with this option.

I have my period. Should I postpone my Pelvic Health Assessment?

This is a personal choice. Your physiotherapist can still perform an Internal Examination during your period, or alternatively there are still many aspects of the assessment that can be performed and the Internal Examination, if required can be performed at a subsequent visit. Please do allow 24 hours notice of rescheduling.

What is Real Time Ultrasound?

“Real Time Ultrasound” uses the same ultrasound technology that is used to scan pregnancies and muscle injuries. However, as Physiotherapists we use the ultrasound “pictures” to assess muscle function as it is working – hence the name “real-time”.

The real time ultrasound can be used to assess any muscle; however, Pelvic Health Physiotherapists use it specifically to assess abdominal and pelvic floor muscle function as well as to objectively measure and assess any separation of the abdominal muscles that can occur during pregnancy.

Can't I just do my kegel exercises?

This is akin to a Rugby player asking if he can just go to the gym after a significant knee injury. A thorough assessment and treatment of all the factors involved greatly improves outcomes

Should I have an Internal Examination straight after birth?

No, the Internal Examination is not recommended until 6 weeks post birth. Prior to this, the tissues are still in a delicate healing phase. However, if you are having symptoms and concerns prior to 6 weeks post natal, your physiotherapist can still perform many other tests and assessments to help you gain confidence on the path to recovery.

I have just had a hysterectomy. Do I need Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?

The recovery following a hysterectomy varies between individuals. However, we often see women who lose confidence in their bodies and themselves after surgery. The last thing they want after surgery is to “muck it up”. We encourage women to come and speak to us so we can guide you confidently back to your normal activities – or even to some activities you hadn’t considered before surgery.

I am worried about my abdominal separation but don't want a Pelvic Floor Assessment. Do I still need a full 1 hour appointment?

No. If you have no concerns regarding your pelvic floor function or concerns such as leakage, you may opt to have a 45 minute Assessment that focuses only on your abdominal separation. Please mention this at the time of your booking so we can book the correct time slow.

I had a C-section delivery. Do I still need to worry about my pelvic floor exercises?

Yes. The pelvic floor is not only under strain as a result of delivery. The increase weight of the baby during pregnancy also puts an extra pressure on the pelvic floor and can lead to the same issues of incontinence and prolapse as for vaginal delivery.

Can my children come to the appointment?

Yes, we are a child friendly clinic. However, as it is stair-only access we suggest leaving buggies/prams in the car.

If your specific question isn't answered, please do call our team. We are here to help.

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