Women throughout their lifespan can have problems with their bladder, bowel and pelvic floor. In fact, statistics show that 1 in 3 Australian women suffer from urinary incontinence. However, interventions are often easy and very successful at improving quality of life for women. Our physiotherapists are able to provide an individually tailored treatment program to assist you with the following conditions:
- Stress incontinence
- Pelvic floor weakness
- Pelvic floor pain
- Wind incontinence
- Faecal incontinence
Pregnancy causes many physical changes to your body which affect movement and posture. As your baby grows, a forward shift in centre of gravity leads to greater strain on your spine, muscles and ligaments. In addition, there are many hormonal changes that occur, including an increase in the production of relaxin. Relaxin increases the laxity of the ligaments causing hypermobility of the joints and a greater risk of musculoskeletal pain and injury during this time. The most common musculoskeletal complaints during pregnancy are low back pain, pelvic and sacroiliac joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, round ligament pain and rectus diastasis (abdominal separation).
Our physiotherapists are able to provide appropriate treatment to minimise the level of discomfort you experience during your pregnancy. This includes specific pelvic stability exercises and pelvic floor strengthening; postural awareness; movement strategies and back care to reduce the load on your low back and pelvis; bladder and bowel education; and advice on the management of abdominal seperation.
There are many benefits to exercise both during pregnancy and postnatally. However, there are many physiological changes that occur which affect your exercise capacity. As a result, some precautions need to be considered to ensure exercise done is safely. Our physiotherapists are able to provide appropriate guidelines for exercise participation in all three trimesters. Our clinic also offers individually prescribed Clinical Pilates programs and Preglates classess which are tailored to your needs during this time.
***We now offer a full pelvic floor assessment with our fully qualified Women’s Health physiotherapist Kayla Austin. This is currently only available at our Burpengary practice. Please let the staff know when booking with Kayla for this request.***