Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is a specialised area within physiotherapy that focuses on accurate assessment, diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. Pelvic floor dysfunction is a term used to describe any problem involving a change in the functioning of any structure inside the pelvic cavity: the bladder, bowel, vagina, and pelvic floor muscles.

Pelvic floor physiotherapists are qualified physiotherapists who have undergone further university based post-graduate studies in diagnosis, management, prevention and treatment of pelvic floor disorders.

Am I appropriate for Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

  • Has your doctor diagnosed you with pelvic organ prolapse?
  • Do you have pelvic surgery i.e. hysterectomy or prostatectomy, planned?
  • Has your doctor, surgeon, obstetrician or gynaecologist suggested you would benefit from pelvic floor muscle strengthening?
  • Do you suffer from incontinence? – bladder or bowel
  • Are you pregnant or post-natal?
  • Are you post-prostate surgery?
  • Do you have a history of chronic constipation or straining?
  • Do you suffer from pelvic girdle pain or coccyx pain?
  • Are you interested in strengthening your pelvic floor muscles?
Eleanor Donghue

Eleanor Donghue

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

How can Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy help you?

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy can:

  • Provide you with an accurate diagnosis
  • Provide you with education about your condition
  • Provide treatment and strategies to best manage your condition
  • Result in a quicker recovery
  • Prevent development of secondary problems
  • Prescribe exercises to do at home to enhance recovery
  • Incorporate your pelvic floor treatment into your everyday life

What will my initial consult involve?

  • An interview to establish the history of your condition and current symptoms
  • Assessment of your pelvic region (this which may include an internal assessment if appropriate)
  • External and or internal treatments based on the assessment findings
  • Education
  • Completion of symptom scales/questionnaires
  • Homework: exercises and/or symptom diaries
  • Discussion of management plan

Pelvic Floor Questionnaire

BLADDER QUESTIONS
Do you need to rush to get to the toilet on time? YES NO
Do you leak when you cough, sneeze, laugh and/or exercise? YES NO
Do you limit your fluid intake during the day so that you don’t go to the toilet as often? YES NO
Have you noticed an increase in the number of times you need to empty your bladder? YES NO
Can you delay the urge to empty your bladder? YES NO
BOWEL QUESTIONS
Do you pass wind without being able to control it? YES NO
Do you need to wipe lots to clean after emptying your bowels? YES NO
Are your underpants stained from stool despite having gone to the toilet? YES NO
Do you strain when you are on the toilet? YES NO
Have you ever suffered from constipation? YES NO

If you answered ‘YES’ to any of the above, you may benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy! Book today!

*Questions based on those included in “The Australian Pelvic Floor Questionnaire” developed by Baessler, O’Neill, Maher & Battistutta and published in 2010.