Women's Pelvic Health Physiotherapy in Sydney
At Movement Laboratory, Winnie, Lauren, and Katy bring practical experience and compassion to pelvic health physiotherapy. Empowering women across Sydney, we’re dedicated to helping you understand and manage pelvic floor concerns at any stage of life—from adolescence to post-menopause and beyond.
No two women are managed the same way. Even with the same diagnosis, everyone has a different story and different recovery pathways.
What is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?
Pelvic health physiotherapy covers the treatment and management of a wide range of conditions affecting the pelvic region. We focus on ensuring the wellness and function of the pelvic area, which includes muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues.
An important component of pelvic health physiotherapy is the focus on the pelvic floor, a group of muscles that are crucial for many bodily functions (see section “Understanding your pelvic floor” below for more information). Pelvic floor physiotherapy specifically addresses the strength, endurance, and coordination of these muscles, offering significant benefits for bladder, bowel, and sexual health.
Movement Laboratory has an experienced pelvic floor physio Sydney team dedicated to providing women of all ages, from 16 and above, personalised care that spans the full spectrum of pelvic health. Whether it’s incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain, or complications arising from childbirth, we provide comprehensive care.
We offer tailored strategies and therapies to manage and reduce symptoms, helping you to lead a comfortable and active life. Our approach is holistic; we look at the entire body system to pinpoint the contributing factors to your pelvic floor concerns.
Benefits of Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
Pelvic health physiotherapy, particularly pelvic floor physio, offers several benefits for women. These advantages can be experienced both in the short and long terms. Here’s a look at some of these benefits:
Relief from Pain: Many women experience immediate relief from pelvic pain after starting pelvic floor physiotherapy. This includes relief from discomfort during activities or even at rest.
Improved Bladder Control: Issues like urinary incontinence can be embarrassing and inconvenient. Pelvic floor exercises can help strengthen the muscles that control bladder function, offering quick improvements.
Better Sexual Health: Pelvic floor physio can enhance sexual sensation and comfort, addressing issues like pain during intercourse.
Lasting Strength and Tone in Pelvic Muscles: Regular pelvic floor exercises help in maintaining muscle tone and strength, which is crucial as we age. Strong pelvic floor muscles are important for core stability, which is key for general health and fitness.
Ongoing Improvement in Bladder and Bowel Control: Over time, these exercises can lead to significant improvements in bladder and bowel control, reducing the risk of incontinence.
Support for Pelvic Organ Prolapse: For women at risk of or experiencing pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic floor physiotherapy can be a key part of management and prevention.
Conditions We Treat
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic Girdle Pain
Pre and postnatal complications
What to Expect in the Initial Consultation?
When you come to us for your initial consultation, we’ll begin with a thorough review of your medical history and any concerns you have. This will include detailed discussions about your bladder and bowel habits, sexual health, obstetric history, and overall pelvic floor function.
We understand these topics are personal; rest assured, your privacy is our priority, and we only request information that is vital for us to tailor our approach to your care.
In most cases, to gain a clear picture of your pelvic floor’s health, we conduct an internal vaginal examination. This is a highly accurate method to assess various aspects of your pelvic floor, including muscle tone, activation levels, strength, sensitivity, and to identify any signs of prolapse.
Following this assessment, we’ll provide you with an understanding of your condition and outline a tailored treatment plan. Education is a cornerstone of our practice; we believe in making sure you have a clear understanding of your diagnosis, the rationale behind our treatment recommendations, and their relevance to your day-to-day life.
Why Choose Movement Laboratory in Sydney?
Our approach to women’s pelvic health physiotherapy is crafted around you—your body, your experiences, and your health goals. We stay at the forefront of pelvic health physiotherapy research to bring you treatments that have proven to be effective. By listening intently to your concerns, we ensure our treatment plans are perfectly tailored to address your individual needs.
The practical experience of our physiotherapists is the cornerstone of our practice. With years of specialised experience, our team brings a depth of knowledge in hands-on techniques and educational resources to support your journey to recovery.
Our aim is not just to alleviate your symptoms but to arm you with the understanding and techniques to maintain your pelvic health and improve your quality of life.
At Movement Laboratory, we’re dedicated to helping you move beyond limitations and enjoy a life of health, strength, and vitality.
Understanding Your Pelvic Floor
The pelvic floor is a complex network of muscles and connective tissues forming the base of your pelvis. These muscles stretch like a supportive hammock from the pubic bone at the front to the tailbone at the back, holding the pelvic organs—namely the bladder, uterus, and rectum—in place.
Just like any muscle group, the pelvic floor is dynamic—it can become stronger or weaker, can stretch, tense up, or even sustain injuries. However, the pelvic floor doesn’t exist in isolation. It’s part of an intricate system where each ligament, muscle, and tendon is crucial for maintaining proper bladder and bowel function.
Factors such as aging, childbirth, surgery, chronic coughing, and certain types of high-impact exercise can all influence the condition of your pelvic floor. As experienced pelvic floor physio specialists in Sydney, we consider all these elements when creating your personalised care plan.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re experiencing symptoms such as incontinence, pelvic pain, discomfort during intercourse, or a feeling of heaviness in the pelvic area, these may be signs that your pelvic floor muscles are not functioning optimally. Individuals who have undergone childbirth, pelvic surgery, or who have a history of lower back pain may also benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy. If you’re uncertain, booking a consultation could be the first step towards understanding your pelvic health needs.
Your initial visit will be a comprehensive session where we’ll take a detailed history of your health concerns, bladder and bowel function, sexual health, obstetric history, and assess your pelvic floor function. An internal examination is commonly performed to accurately diagnose the condition of your pelvic floor muscles. We’ll then discuss your tailored treatment plan, which includes education about your condition and how to manage symptoms.
A typical session with our pelvic floor physio Sydney team usually lasts 30 to 60 minutes. This duration allows us to thoroughly assess and treat your condition while providing time for any questions you may have. We strive to ensure that each session is used effectively to maximise your progress towards recovery.
No, you don’t need a referral from a doctor to see a pelvic health physiotherapist at Movement Laboratory. You can book an appointment directly with us. However, if you are seeking to claim the session on Medicare or through certain insurance plans like Worker’s Compensation, a doctor’s referral may be required. We suggest checking with your fund or our reception for specific details.
For your first session, it’s helpful to arrive a bit earlier to complete any necessary paperwork. Wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the area being assessed and treated. If you have any previous medical records, imaging, or reports related to your condition, please bring them along. It’s also beneficial to have a list of any questions or concerns you wish to discuss with your physiotherapist.
The number of sessions needed varies from person to person, as each individual responds differently to treatment. Some may notice improvement after just a few sessions, while others with more complex conditions may require a longer course of treatment. We’ll evaluate your progress regularly and adjust your treatment plan as necessary to ensure you’re on track to meeting your health goals.
Yes, pelvic floor physiotherapy can be extremely beneficial during pregnancy and after childbirth. It can help in managing symptoms such as incontinence, assist with pregnancy-related pelvic pain, and aid in recovery postpartum. We tailor our treatments to your specific stage of pregnancy or postnatal period to support your health and well-being during this significant time of change.
The time it takes to see results from pelvic floor physiotherapy can vary greatly depending on individual conditions and the severity of symptoms. Some clients notice improvements in a few weeks, while others may take several months to experience significant changes. We’ll monitor your progress closely and adjust your treatment plan as needed to ensure the best possible outcomes.
We accept all private health funds. Please bring your health fund card for on-the-spot processing with HICAPS. The rebate you receive depends on your individual health fund package and premium.
If you have an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) form from your GP, you’re eligible for a Medicare rebate on approximately 5 appointments per calendar year. Full payment is required upfront, and we can process your Medicare rebate directly to your debit card.
For clients with Worker’s Compensation or CTP claims, we require a copy of your approval letter, claim number, and details of your Claims Manager.
We require 18 hours’ notice to avoid a fee, though we offer a grace option to reschedule within 48 hours.