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Pregnancy & Postnatal

Pelvic Floor

Do you have bladder leakage or vaginal heaviness?
Are you pregnant or have had a baby and want to look after you pelvic floor?
Are you confident you know how to correctly contract your pelvic floor?

If you’re pregnant or have recently had a baby now is the time to look after your pelvic floor. We know that pregnancy and childbirth significantly increase the risk of bladder leakage and prolapse.  Even if you don’t have these problems now you’re still at risk of experiencing bladder leakage or prolapse in the future. Prevention really is better than a cure.

According to recent research 50% of women cannot contract their pelvic floor muscles correctly after receiving verbal or written instruction.  It also shows that 25% of women use a technique that could weaken their pelvic floor.  It’s vital that you know how to correctly contract and relax your pelvic floor.

Common Symptoms:

    Leaking urine when you cough, sneeze, exercise or on the way to the toilet
    Rushing to the toilet with an overwhelming urge to go
    Going to the toilet frequently
    Having your sleep interrupted by the need to urinate
    A feeling of vaginal dragging, heaviness or bulge
    Difficulty controlling your bowel & wind
    Painful sex

Possible Causes Of Pelvic Floor Problems:

    Pregnancy & childbirth
    Constipation & straining
    Ageing & menopause
    Chronic cough
    Heavy Lifting
    Strenuous sports
    Over-training of core / abdominal muscles
    Holding tension in the pelvic floor muscles due to stress

How We Can Help:

Research shows that pelvic floor exercises in pregnancy and postnatally prevent bladder leakage. Research also shows that a pelvic floor exercise program is only effective when prescribed under the guidance of a specifically trained Physiotherapist, rather than following information from a brochure or online. At Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy we specialise in providing a personalised pelvic health program exclusively for you.

What To Expect:

   A thorough assessment to establish your goals, pelvic floor requirements and treatment plan
   Design of a personalised pelvic floor muscle exercise program
   Progression of your program  and application to daily activities

 

What Do I Do Next?

 

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Optimise Your Pelvic Health During Pregnancy & Beyond

•    At Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy we lead the way in pelvic health ensuring you can enjoy your pregnancy and the early months with your baby to the fullest
    We understand that back and pelvic joint pain can reduce your enjoyment at this exciting time
    We can help your body recover from pregnancy so you can return to pleasurable activities

Get Expert Help For Your Pelvic Muscles & Joints

    Pregnancy hormones relax your joints, ligaments and abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Your growing baby strains and stretches these structures
    Labour and birth and the demands of caring for your newborn can cause further physical problems
    Research shows that pelvic floor exercises in pregnancy and postnatally prevent bladder leakage

    The pelvic floor muscles support and control the bladder and bowel and assist sexual function and your abdominal muscles support the spine
    At Women's & Men's Health Physiotherapy we specialise in designing a personalised pregnancy and post-natal pelvic health program exclusively for you

What Is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

The pelvic floor muscles are at the base of the pelvis and attach from the pubic bone at the front to the tail bone at the back. They are like a hammock and support the bladder, uterus and bowel. They also help control the bladder and bowel and play a role in sexual function.

If the pelvic floor muscles are weak, they can contribute to poor bladder and bowel control and pelvic organ prolapse. If you are unable to relax your pelvic floor you may have problems with bladder and bowel emptying or sexual and pelvic pain.

Our specifically trained Physiotherapists will evaluate the function of your pelvic floor muscles and assess your ability to contract and relax these muscles. Pelvic floor muscle training under the guidance of a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist is recognised as an effective treatment for these problems.

 

Real Time Ultrasound – A Useful Tool

We’re up to date with the latest technology which includes Real Time Ultrasound. 
This is an imaging technology that shows contraction and relaxation of deep muscles in real time and allows us to give you a more accurate assessment if required.

 

Uses Of Real Time Ultrasound

•  Your Physiotherapist may make use of ultrasound as part of your pelvic floor and abdominal assessment to ensure you’re activating and relaxing your muscles correctly

•  It may be used as a teaching tool to provide you with immediate visual feedback to improve learning and performance

•  Real Time Ultrasound can be used as a bladder scanner to assess bladder emptying

 

Our Locations

Camberwell
549 Burke Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124
T: 03 8823 8300
F: 03 8823 8399
Hampton
170 Thomas St, Hampton VIC 3188
T: 03 9521 0444
F: 03 9521 0777 

Also consulting at:

Box Hill:  Epworth Eastern Hospital, Level 3, Suite 19, 1 Arnold Street
East Bentleigh: Southern Urology, 7 Chester Street
East Melbourne: Urology Consultants Victoria, Suite 102, Freemasons Hospital, 320 Victoria Parade
Malvern: Australian Urology Associates, Ground Floor, 322 Glenferrie Road
Malvern: Cabrini Mother and Baby Centre, Area E, Level 2, Cabrini Hospital, 183 Wattletree Road

If you’d like to make an appointment for one of these locations please call our Camberwell rooms on 03 8823 8300