Inner West Women's Health Physiotherapy
Winnie and Sarah are the two women’s health physiotherapists in Movement Laboratory. We aim to empower women to acknowledge, learn, and manage their pelvic issues. Most women approach a women’s health physio during their childbearing years, however, we see women of all ages from 16 and above, and treat everything related to your pelvic floor and organs.
Symptoms in the pelvic area can be complex and long standing with different causes related to multiple body systems. We make it our mission to investigate with detective lens, and address all different elements that may be contributing to your issue.
What to Expect in the Initial Consultation?
Your initial session starts with a very comprehensive history of your story and your concerns, bladder and bowel function, sexual background, obstetrics history and pelvic floor function. It is extremely detailed and at times the questions might be quite personal, but all information is useful for us to help piece you back together.
Most often, an internal vaginal examination is performed to assess your pelvic floor function, and it is one of the most accurate ways of diagnosing. During this examination, we look at pelvic floor tonicity, activation of superficial and deep pelvic floor, strength, touch sensitivity, take appropriate measurements, and check for prolapse symptoms.
We will then educate you on your condition and provide a treatment plan to manage your symptoms. Education is key to any recovery work, and it is important you understand your diagnosis, the evidence and research behind our treatment suggestions, and how that applies to your daily life.
Conditions We Treat
Prolapse (pelvic organs ‘falling’)
Pelvic Girdle Pain
Pre and postnatal complications
A Brief Overview of Our Pelvic Floor Muscles
Pelvic floor is layers of muscles and connective tissues that make up the floor of the pelvis. Its main function is to support the pelvic organs such as the uterus, bladder and rectum. The pelvic floor muscles attach to the pubic bone in the front and the tailbone at the back.
Like any other muscle in the body, the pelvic floor can strengthen, weaken, lengthen, tighten, and can be injured. It is also important to note there are many other structures in the pelvic region apart from our pelvic floor. Every ligament, muscle and tendon serves a particular purpose to ensure we have good bladder and bowel function.
Our anatomy is affected by factors such as age, number of previous pregnancies, vaginal deliveries, surgeries, straining activities, coughing, respiratory illness, or repetitive loading from exercises such as high intensity jumps or heavy lifting.