Click to return to the home page
HomeAbout usServicesFrequently Asked QuestionsLinksContact us Click to return to the home page
Click here for all the details
services

» Women's Health
» Men's Health
» Children

Women's Health

Why women's health physiotherapy? Women have a relatively high incidence of dysfunction of the reproductive organs (including breasts) and urogenital system, and a thorough understanding of these systems is required in order to effectively manage dysfunction. In fact, one in three women who have had a baby, will have some form of urinary incontinence. Continence and Women's Health Physiotherapists are physios who have undergone further study and training in order to specialise in this area. They have a unique role in assessing and managing problems related to control of both the bladder and bowel, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, sexual dysfunction and female musculoskeletal problems.

A note from Alison:
Many of my patients are referred to me after seeing their GP or specialist doctor, and are somewhat baffled as to why they are seeing a physio for incontinence! This is completely understandable, as many people aren't aware that physios are involved in this area. It's not all about incontinence, though! Women's Health physiotherapists assess and manage a variety of physical conditions, including:

Breastfeeding conditions, including mastitis, blocked ducts and cracked nipples
Pregnancy-related back pain and pelvic girdle pain (including low back pain, symphysis pubis dysfunction, tailbone pain, rib pain, sacroiliac and sciatic pain)
Pregnancy-related wrist conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome and de Quervain's tenosynovitis
Antenatal education, including preparation for childbirth
Post-birth complications including haemorrhoids, perineal trauma, tailbone pain
Rectus adominus diastasis (tummy muscle separation)
6 week postnatal physiotherapy assessment (includes real-time ultrasound)
Bladder leakage (urinary incontinence)
Problems emptying the bladder (voiding dysfunction)
Bowel leakage (faecal incontinence)
Constipation
Prolapse
Pelvic pain, including pain with sexual intercourse (dyspareunia), chronic pelvic pain syndrome, pudendal neuralgia, painful bladder syndrome, vulvodynia and vaginismus
Lymphoedema including post-operative advice and education, manual lymphatic drainage (massage) and compression bandaging
Osteoporosis management, including exercise advice and prescription
Real-time ultrasound assessment and biofeedback training

Men's Health

Why would a man need to see a Continence and Women's Health physiotherapist?

Currently, around 18,700 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in Australia every year. Many of these men will have their cancer treated by removal of the prostate, which can result in urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Continence and Women's Health Physiotherapists are highly trained in the assessment and management of urinary and faecal incontinence, as well as erectile dysfunction, and pelvic pain.

Men's Health services include the following:

Physiotherapy management before and after prostate surgery
Chronic pelvic pain syndrome, including pudendal neuralgia, pain with erections/sexual intercourse
Weak bladder (overactive bladder syndrome)
Bladder leakage (urinary incontinence)
Problems emptying the bladder (voiding dysfunction)
Bowel leakage (faecal incontinence)
Constipation
Erectile dysfunction
Real-time ultrasound assessment and biofeedback training
Lymphoedema

At Hillview Women's and Men's Health Physiotherapy, we perform detailed continence assessment both pre- and post-operatively; we also utilise real-time ultrasound, an incredibly useful visual biofeedback tool for learning pelvic floor muscle contraction and relaxation, and for assessing bladder function.

Children

Our paediatric physiotherapist sees children from newborn to adolescence. She performs physiotherapy assessment and provides treatment programs tailored to the individual child, with a focus on practical strategies for both the child and their parents.

Paediatric physiotherapy services include a wide range of conditions:

Babies with asymmetrical head/neck position (infant torticollis)
Babies with flattened head (plagiocephaly)
Clubfoot (talipes)
Developmental delay
Unsettled/colicky babies
Arthritis
Childhood obesity
Respiratory conditions
Disability, including cerebral palsy
Gait abnormalities (e.g. toe walking, in-toeing)
Coordination disorder
Rehabilitation after surgery
Sporting injuries
Posture assessment and exercises
Orthopaedic conditions

In addition, our Continence and Women's Health physiotherapists are highly trained in the assessment and management of childhood bladder and bowel dysfunction, including the following:

Nocturnal enuresis (or bedwetting)
Daytime bladder leakage
Overactive bladder syndrome (frequent, urgent need to pass urine)
Constipation
Bowel leakage/soiling

At Hillview Women's and Men's Health Physiotherapy, we perform detailed paediatric physiotherapy bladder and bowel assessment, and provide management programs in collaboration with children and their families. We utilise non-invasive techniques, including real-time ultrasound assessment and biofeedback therapy.
Click here for all the details
Australian Physiotherapy Association Member
Home | About us | Services | FAQ | Links | Contact us | Find us on Facebook

© 2010-2017 Hillview Women's and Men's Health Physiotherapy. All Rights Reserved.