Women’s and Men’s Health and Continence
At Life Ready Physio, we have a number of physiotherapists who have a special interest in treating continence, women’s health and men’s health related issues that include:
Pelvic floor muscle weakness
Many women and men can have pelvic floor muscle weakness. It is more common in women as pregnancy, childbirth and menopause can all weaken the pelvic floor muscles. Our physiotherapists can assess your pelvic floor muscle strength and give you a tailored exercise program to get these important muscles functioning at their best.
Did you know that 37% of women and 13% of men can be affected by urinary incontinence, but the majority of these people do not seek help for it? This common and embarrassing condition can be successfully treated by a specialist physiotherapist.
The symptoms of an overactive bladder include needing to pass urine frequently and urgently. This can also result in urinary leakage when you ‘don’t make it’ on time. Overactive bladder symptoms also respond very well to physiotherapy treatment.
Prolapse (bladder, bowel and/or uterus)
Prolapse is a very common condition especially in women who have had children. The symptoms can include ‘heaviness’ in the vagina, feeling or seeing a lump or bulge in the vagina. Prolapse can be successfully treated by improving the strength of the pelvic floor muscles under the guidance of your physio.
Painful sexual intercourse
Dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse) can have many causes including overactive/tight pelvic floor muscles, scar tissue after vaginal childbirth and hormonal changes through your different life phases. Your physiotherapist can assess and treat the factors causing your pain and work with you to manage the problem.
Conditions in which sufferers have moderate to severe pain and or spasms in the vulval/vaginal area. Your physiotherapist can help by carrying out a thorough assessment and working with you to manage and treat your problems.
Bowel Issues (incontinence or constipation)
Constipation is a very common problem and is one of the main factors contributing to pelvic floor weakness and prolapse. Bowel incontinence is estimated to affect 5-10% of the population. Both constipation and bowel incontinence can be successfully treated by a continence and women’s health physiotherapist.
Blocked Milk Ducts/Mastitis
Physiotherapists use ultrasound treatment for blocked milk ducts and mastitis in breastfeeding mothers. Treatment can help to resolve these painful conditions quickly.
We also provide services such as:
- Ante or postnatal pelvic floor checks
- Pre and post gynaecological surgery
- Pelvic floor rehabilitation
One in seven Australian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer by the age of 85. Unfortunately, urinary incontinence is a common side effect of having prostate surgery. There is good evidence that a specialist physiotherapist can improve the speed of recovery from urinary incontinence related to prostate surgery.
We would recommend having a physiotherapy appointment prior to surgery to learn about pelvic floor muscle exercises as they are very important for bladder control. Otherwise, a physiotherapy appointment 4-6 weeks after surgery, is recommended as well.
Erectile dysfunction can be of great concern to men and they should discuss their symptoms with their GP to rule out any major medical concerns. An appointment with a specialist physiotherapist who can teach you correct pelvic floor muscle exercises which have been shown to help up to 40% of men improve their erectile function.
Pelvic Pain/Pudendal Neuralgia
Men and women can complain of pain in the pelvis area and find that despite many investigations and medical consults, that the cause is unknown. This pain can affect sitting, standing, toilet habits and affect the person’s quality of life. A women’s and men’s health physiotherapist can complete a thorough assessment of the pelvic structures and possibly identify the cause. Then the appropriate treatment, exercises and lifestyle advice can be provided.