At UC Physio, we are lucky to have Nadine who focuses on Men’s, Women’s & Children’s Pelvic Health and Continence issues. This area of physiotherapy involves assessing & treating patients who have bowel and bladder continence issues, and devising a patient specific plan to assist with symptoms. Incontinence is very common in the community, most commonly affecting pregnant and postnatal women, menopausal women, and men post-prostatectomy. An initial consultation with Nadine lasts for 1 hour, as there are many things that she will need to discuss. Getting the correct information and a thorough assessment is vital to getting the correct treatment.
WHO CAN BENEFIT?
There are a number of issues a Women’s Health Physiotherapist can assist with. The most common are:
- Abdominal Separation (Diastasis Rectis) due to pregnancy
- Pelvic Pain (often experienced postnatally)
- Incontinence (Bowel & Bladder)
- Pre and Post Natal Exercise (particularly for those experiencing issues during their pregnancy such as Vulval Varicosities, Gestational Diabetes, SIJ/ Back pain, Symphysis Pubis pain)
- Active people who have leakage issues during normal exercise or coughing/sneezing
- Post Prostate Surgery
- Bedwetting in children
- Breastfeeding support (posture & positioning, bra fitting)
Nadine is a mum herself, and takes the time to listen to each patient, who will have their own concerns, symptoms, and goals. Appointments with Nadine can be booked online here . Alternatively you can call the clinic and you book through our administration team on 55618 111.
Ms T has been experiencing urinary leakage for the past 2 years after having her first baby. She attends an appointment with Nadine to get a Pelvic Floor assessment, and also an exercise program. Nadine takes a full history from Ms T, including method of delivery of the baby, issues during the pregnancy, previous treatments attempted, other health concerns, and lifestyle factors such as preferred exercise/ sport, employment, personal motivators, and family support networks. Nadine conducts an objective assessment, looking at Ms T’s posture, muscle control (legs, pelvis, abdominals), breathing awareness & patterns, and also an internal examination to assess the strength of the pelvic floor (please be aware this assessment is only conducted on patients 18+, and requires the written consent of the patient). From here, Nadine is able to get a complete picture of Ms T’s symptoms and history, and put together an achievable plan for rehab, to give Ms T her quality of life and confidence back.