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Women's Pelvic Health

Pelvic Floor Check

Are you confident you know how to correctly contract and relax your pelvic floor?
Have you ever wondered how strong your pelvic floor muscles are?

Every woman can benefit from a pelvic floor muscle check. Your pelvic floor muscles should be able to correctly contract and fully relax.  You may not have symptoms now but if your pelvic floor muscles are weak or not relaxing, you could develop bladder leakage, prolapse or sexual pain. Prevention really is better than a cure.

Research shows that 50% of women cannot contract their pelvic floor muscles correctly following verbal or written instruction. In fact 25% of women use a technique that could weaken their pelvic floor.  It is vital that you know how to correctly contract and relax your pelvic floor.

Common Symptoms:

    Leaking urine when you cough, sneeze, exercise or on your 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
    Difficulty emptying your bladder or bowel

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 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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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