WOMEN'S HEALTH & CONTINENCE
- Pregnancy, Ante- and Post-natal
- Peri- and Post-Menopause
- Pelvic Girdle Pain
- Continence Physiotherapy
Did you know that 1 in 3 Australian women who have had babies have problems with continence. Your pelvic floor muscles form a very important part of the support network for your pelvis and lower back as well as working to help maintain good control of your bladder and bowel function.
Unfortunately up to 25 % of women actually strain and push their pelvic floor muscles instead of contracting them, and 30% of women have difficulty or can’t contract their pelvic floor muscles effectively.
Do you have any of these symptoms?
- Back and Pelvic Pain
- Difficulty lifting or going up and down steps
- Pain at night or poor sleeping
- Menopause pain, discomfort and difficulty with continence
Book in with our Women’s Health Physiotherapist to get back in control. Learning how to use your pelvic floor and core muscles sometimes needs assistance so don’t feel embarrassed to ask for help.
Your first consultation will be approximately 1 hour to do a full assessment and get your program started. Current research shows correct pelvic floor exercises can help reduce labour time, improve healing post-delivery, prevent incontinence and improve function.
Incontinence affects up to 4 million Australians of all ages and gender. Continence physiotherapists are trained to assess and treat urinary and faecal incontinence. Sharon O’Halloran has post-graduate qualifications in this area to allow her to best assess and treat men and women of all ages who have concerns with bladder and/or bowel control.
Urinary Incontinence (Bladder)
Urinary incontinence affects up to 13% of men and 37% of women in Australia.
There are several types of urinary incontinence:
- Stress incontinence: leaking urine when there is increased pressure in the abdomen i.e. coughing, sneezing and exercise.
- Urge incontinence: not being able to hold to get to the toilet when you get the urge to go
- Functional Incontinence: not being able to make it to the toilet because of physical or environmental conditions.
Other bladder symptoms may include:
- Frequency: passing urine frequently
- Urgency: needing to rush to the toilet
- Getting up to go to the toilet more than once a night
- Feeling that the bladder is not empty
- Straining to empty the bladder
Faecal incontinence is the involuntary loss of control of the bowel and it affects up to 20% of men and 12.9% of women. It is a health issue which is often not discussed and people feel embarrassed and isolated by this condition.
Other bowel symptoms include:
- Leaking with the urge to use your bowels
- Inability to control wind and straining empty.
How can Physiotherapy help?
Continence Physiotherapy is recommended as a first-line treatment for all forms of urinary incontinence. It involves a detailed assessment followed by ongoing treatment to obtain the best long term effect. This usually involves pelvic floor muscle training.
The first session is often an hour with follow-up appointments every 4 – 6 weeks.