Womens Health at Viva Physio

 

Women’s Health Physiotherapy

Our approach to Women’s Health is simple – offer support and treatment to women of all ages in a discreet and caring environment. 

Our Women’s Health Physiotherapists can help you with the assessment and treatment of pelvic pain, pregnancy care, incontinence, cystitis, vulvodynia, endometriosis, menopause, bladder or bowel issues and pain related to sex.   

Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of change for women due to the hormonal, musculoskeletal, physiological and postural demands of growing a baby. Many women experience back pain, pelvic pain and show signs of pelvic floor weakness throughout their pregnancy.  Women’s health physiotherapists are trained to assess women before, during and after pregnancy and can offer treatments that are safe and specific to their condition. Physiotherapists can also provide advice and supervision for exercise programs that are safe throughout pregnancy.

Women’s health physiotherapists can also use techniques to ensure that the pelvic floor muscles are working optimally during pregnancy which sets women up for a better result post-natally. This can involve the use of real time ultrasound and/or internal examination for assessment and feedback regarding your pelvic floor.

 

Post Natal

The initial period after giving birth is a difficult one for most mums. Whether they have undergone a vaginal or caesarean birth they will be commonly dealing with weakness and pain in the abdominals and pelvic area.  This is combined with lifting and carrying a newborn, breastfeeding, lack of sleep and a flood of hormones!

Women’s health physiotherapists are trained to assess women in the weeks to months after birth and provide treatment and advice regarding pelvic floor and abdominal exercises as well as posture while feeding, wrist/upper limb problems and return to exercise safely.  They can also assess, treat and give advice regarding birth trauma such as perineal tearing, forceps delivery and prolapse.

The immediate post-natal period is a good time to have your pelvic floor assessed and ensure that you are completing your exercises correctly. This can be done at any time from 6 weeks post birth (or earlier with consent from your doctor).

Pelvic Pain

Pain in and around the pelvic area is a common problem that is rarely discussed even with health professionals. Many women suffer from pain in the pelvic area that can cause problems with continence, sexual health, exercise and work. Women’s health physiotherapists can assess the pelvic floor muscles as well as skin and surrounding tissues to help treat pelvic pain. They can treat musculoskeletal concerns as well as assist with addressing psychological aspects surrounding chronic pelvic pain.

If your doctor has told you that you have interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, endometriosis or pelvic pain then a women’s health physiotherapist can help. If you suffer from painful sex, painful bladder or bowel movements or have trouble using tampons then these symptoms can be treated. You can be assured that your problem will be addressed in a caring, understanding and professional manner.

 

Menopause
 

Due to the change in hormone levels many women find musculoskeletal problems arise during menopause. This can particularly effect the pelvic floor and therefore cause issues with continence. Many women will benefit from seeing a women’s health physiotherapist during menopause to assist with pelvic floor muscle training. It is important to get help at any time even if you think it is too late!

Physiotherapists can also assist with exercise programs for women post menopause that focus on muscle strength, bone density and flexibility specific to this stage of life.

 

 

Lucy Viva PhysioMeet Lucy | Women’s Health Physio & Pilates Instructor

Lucy has over 9 years experience in private practice and has developed a special interest in Women’s Health and Clinical Pilates.  She has also worked extensively with elite hockey players and has spent time travelling with Hockey Victoria teams. Lucy holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Book an appointment with Lucy today.