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Five Reasons Why You Should See A Women’s Health Physiotherapist

Here are some reasons why you might consider seeing a trained Women’s Health Physiotherapist (also known as Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist).

  1. Painful Sex:

What is it?

Painful sex, also known as dyspareunia, can be a distressing condition that affects individuals of any gender. Physiotherapists specialising in pelvic health, play a vital role in addressing and alleviating this discomfort.

How we can help:

Through a comprehensive assessment, we will identify underlying factors such as muscle tension, scar tissue, or nerve sensitivity that may contribute to pain during intercourse. By employing a range of therapeutic techniques, including pelvic floor muscle relaxation exercises, manual therapy, and targeted stretching, to address muscular imbalances and improve tissue flexibility. Additionally, we will provide you with guidance on relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, and communication strategies to enhance comfort and intimacy.

  1. Pelvic Girdle Pain:

What is it?

Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is a discomfort or pain in the pelvic area, often experienced during pregnancy but can affect individuals at any stage of life.

How we can help:

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists play a crucial role in managing pelvic girdle pain by offering specialised care. Through a thorough assessment, we identify specific areas of dysfunction contributing to the pain. Physiotherapy interventions may include targeted exercises to strengthen the pelvic stabilising muscles, manual therapy techniques to improve joint mobility, and education on self management strategies.

  1. Pelvic Organ Prolapse:

What is it?

Pelvic floor prolapse occurs when the muscles and tissues supporting the pelvic organs weaken, leading to a descent of the organs such as the uterus, bladder, or rectum into the vaginal space. This condition can cause heaviness, urinary and bowel issues, which can negatively impact a person’s quality of life.

How we can help:

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists play a crucial role in managing pelvic floor prolapse by offering effective interventions (e.g. pessaries). Through tailored exercise programs, physiotherapists help strengthen and tone the pelvic floor muscles, providing better support to the organs. They also educate individuals on lifestyle modifications, bowel function, and breathing techniques to alleviate symptoms and prevent further progression. Additionally, we may suggest the use of biofeedback and electrical stimulation to enhance muscle function.

  1. Diastasis Recti/ Abdominal Separation

What is it?

Diastasis recti, a condition characterised by the separation of the abdominal muscles, commonly occurs during pregnancy but can affect individuals postpartum or those with certain abdominal conditions. Pelvic floor physiotherapists play a crucial role in addressing diastasis recti by focusing on the core and pelvic floor. Through a thorough assessment, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists can determine the extent of muscle separation and tailor specific exercises to promote the strengthening of the abdominal muscles. They also provide guidance on proper body mechanics, postural awareness, and breathing techniques to support optimal core function.

  1. Stress urinary incontinence (SUI)

What is it?

SUI is a common condition characterised by the unintentional leakage of urine during activities that increase intra-abdominal pressure, such as coughing, sneezing, or exercising.

How we can help:

Pelvic floor physiotherapists play a vital role in managing and alleviating stress urinary incontinence. We will identify specific tone or dysfunctions in the pelvic floor muscles that contribute to the issue. Some interventions may include targeted pelvic floor muscle exercises to enhance strength, coordination, and endurance. Additionally, we will educate you on lifestyle modifications, bladder training, and proper voiding techniques.

Our Women’s Health Physio’s at Bend + Mend have the extra training to help with each of these issues that women might experience and should seek treatment for.

Stephanie Kyrgias

Stephanie is an experienced Musculoskeletal and Pilates Physiotherapist. Stephanie has pursued additional training in pelvic health, emerging as a dedicated Women’s Health/ Pelvic Physiotherapist treating issues such as pelvic pain, post-natal recovery, bladder dysfunction and pelvic floor function.Committed to ensuring that her patients receive the highest quality of care, Stephanie employs an evidence-based approach in her practice. She stands as a compassionate ally dedicated to enhancing the well-being of patients throughout their life span. Steph loves strength/pilates training and playing football. On the weekends, she thoroughly enjoys long distance runs and spending time with her family and friends.

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