Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

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Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Pelvic floor conditions for women and men are common and can be effectively treated and managed with Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. Bellbird Sports and Spinal in Blackburn South treats women and men with pelvic floor issues.

Pelvic floor dysfunction describes any problem involving a change in the functioning of any structure inside the pelvic cavity. This includes:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Bladder leakage
  • Bowel issues
  • Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction (including weakness and increased tension)

Bellbird Sports and Spinal Pelvic Floor Physio accurately diagnoses and treats women’s and men’s pelvic floor issues. We are the Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist of choice for many local health professionals.

Eleanor Donoghue

Eleanor Donoghue

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

What is a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist?

A Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist is a fully qualified and accredited Physiotherapist who has knowledge associated with pelvic health. They provide expert treatment to women, men and children who are experiencing pelvic issues including:

  • Bladder incontinence
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Painful urination
  • Painful defecation
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Perineal and pelvic pain
  • Vaginal pain
  • Pre and post prostate surgery

Our Pelvic Floor Physio Eleanor Donoghue provides:

  • An understanding, discreet and respectful environment
  • Proven, up to date pelvic health care including pelvic floor exercises and continence treatment and exercises
  • Personalised pelvic health care tailored for your lifestyle and pelvic issue
  • Trans-Abdominal Real Time Ultrasound: This is a non-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic technique that can be used to assess your ability to activate and contract the muscles of the pelvic floor. This technology can also be used to help train you to activate your pelvic floor muscles effectively as the image produced on the screen provides immediate visual feedback on your technique!
    The procedure involves placing the ultrasound transducer on the lower abdomen to produce an image of the bladder and the pelvic floor muscles that support this and all organs of the pelvis.
    Trans-abdominal real time ultrasound does not incur any additional cost to the pelvic floor physiotherapy consult.

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Women

Did you know that according to the Continence Foundation of Australia 37% of women experience bladder incontinence and 13% of women experience bowel incontinence? Pregnancy and childbirth can cause pelvic floor problems but some symptoms do not appear until menopause.

According to the Cochrane Intervention Review 2017, “Antenatal pelvic floor exercises can reduce the incidence of bladder incontinence in late pregnancy and in the post-natal period.” Women’s pelvic floor issues we diagnose and treat include bladder and bowel conditions, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain.

Women’s Pelvic Health: Bladder

Are you leaking urine when you exercise, sneeze or cough?

Do you struggle to get to the toilet in time?

Is your lifestyle being impacted by your bladder leakage?

While bladder leakage is common as women get older, it should not be considered a normal consequence of ageing. Our Pelvic Floor Physio diagnoses and treats women’s bladder symptoms including:

  • Frequent toilet visits, particularly at night
  • Urine leakage when you cough, exercise or sneeze
  • Needing to return to the toilet shortly after urinating
  • Problems starting your urine flow
  • Needing to strain to fully empty your bladder

Women’s Pelvic Health: Bowel

Do you soil your underwear or accidentally pass wind?

Do you need to rush to get to the toilet in time for a bowel movement?

Are you able to completely empty your bowels without straining?

Bowel issues that women commonly experience include constipation or an inability to control bowel movements. This can be socially isolating and incapacitating. While bowel problems are rarely spoken about and can be distressing, they can be effectively treated.

Our Pelvic Floor Physio diagnoses and treats women’s bowel symptoms including:

  • Accidentally passing wind
  • Constipation
  • Straining to pass a bowel movement
  • Faecal soiling during exercise or before you reach the toilet
  • Needing to return to the toilet shortly after emptying your bowel

Women’s Pelvic Health: Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Have you been diagnosed with a pelvic organ prolapse?

Is there a bulge at your vagina entrance?

Do you experience a dragging feeling in your vagina?

Pelvic organ prolapse is common amongst women who have given birth. Ignoring it and wishing it would disappear is not a solution. Pelvic Organ Prolapse can be uncomfortable and impact your ability to enjoy life. According to the Cochrane Intervention Review 2011, “Pelvic floor muscle exercises can improve prolapse severity.”

Our Pelvic Floor Physio diagnoses and treats women’s pelvic organ prolapse symptoms that can include:

  • Low back pain
  • Discomfort standing for a long period of time
  • Inability to exercise
  • A heavy feeling in the vagina
  • Problems emptying the bowel or bladder
  • Urgency to empty the bladder &/ or the decreased capacity of the bladder to hold a large volume of urine
  • Embarrassment and/or distress during intimacy

Women’s Pelvic Health: Pelvic Pain

Do you get coccyx pain when you sit down?

Is your Pelvic Pain causing bladder irritation or low abdominal pain?

Do you experience pain during sex?

Do you experience pain during your menstrual cycle?

As pelvic pain in women can be hard to diagnose, many women can experience pain for years resulting in physical and emotional distress. Overactive or tight pelvic floor muscles can contribute to pelvic pain and muscle spasms.

Our Pelvic Floor Physio diagnoses and treats women’s pelvic pain symptoms that can include:

  • Involuntary pelvic floor spasms
  • Pain if the bladder is full
  • Coccyx pain
  • Pain during sex or using a tampon
  • Vulval pain
  • Chronic pain related to endometriosis

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Men

Male incontinence can be embarrassing to talk about. Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy treatment can improve and manage men’s continence.

13% of Australian men experience bladder incontinence

Continence Foundation of Australia

20% of Australian men experience bowel incontinence

Continence Foundation of Australia

Men’s Pelvic Health: Bladder

After you’ve finished urinated, do you dribble?

Do you have slow urine flow or get problems starting urine flow?

Are you going to the toilet more frequently, especially at night?

You’re not alone having issues controlling and emptying your bladder. Many men experience bladder issues that can affect their lifestyle and self-esteem.

Our Pelvic Floor Physio diagnoses and treats men’s bladder symptoms that include:

  • Interrupted sleep at night as result of need to urinate
  • Urine leakage on the way to toilet
  • An overwhelming urge to urinate frequently
  • A feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied
  • Urine leaking after you’ve urinated and aren’t near the toilet

Men’s Pelvic Health: Bowel

Do you strain to empty your bowels?

Are you having less than three bowel actions a week?

Do you accidentally pass wind or soil your underwear with faeces?

Men’s bowel issues including loss of bowel control and constipation are distressing. They can have major impacts on your lifestyle, intimacy and social situations. Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy can help treat and manage male bowel issues.

Our Pelvic Floor Physio diagnoses and treats men’s bowel symptoms that include:

  • Straining to empty your bowels and/or being constipated
  • Needing to return to the toilet shortly after a bowel movement
  • Accidentally passing wind that may result in underwear stains

Men’s Pelvic Health: Prostate Surgery

Has prostate surgery resulted in urine leakage?

Are you embarrassed about urine leakage and want a solution?

Prostate surgery and prostate cancer can be physically and emotionally challenging. According to the Cochrane Intervention Review 2015, “Pelvic floor muscle exercises can relieve bladder incontinence after prostate surgery.” Our Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist can help you effectively improve your bladder control.

Our Pelvic Floor Physio diagnoses and treats prostate symptoms that include:

  • Frequent visits to the toilet, especially at night
  • Leaking of urine when you exercise, cough, laugh or sneeze
  • Urine leakages after you’ve been to the toilet.

We understand that it can be embarrassing to get help for your pelvic health issues. Knowing what will happen at your first appointment with our Pelvic Physio can ease your anxiety. During your initial consult Eleanor Donoghue will:

  • Take a detailed history of your pelvic condition including symptoms.
  • Assess your pelvic region which may require an internal assessment
  • Get information about your levels of pain and impact on your lifestyle
  • Discuss your pelvic condition in detail and map out a management plan
  • Prescribe internal and/or external treatments that are based on your assessment results
  • Give you a series of exercises to perform at home