What is Continence and Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?Continence and Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is a specific type of physiotherapy for the assessment and treatment of bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain, pre and post urogynaecological surgery and any concerns during or after pregnancy.
What does a Continence and Pelvic Health Physio do?Continence and Pelvic Health Physiotherapists can treat problems with incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction, often helping to avoid surgery. They also treat men’s and children’s pelvic health conditions.
What conditions can Continence and Pelvic Health Physiotherapists help to manage?Continence and Pelvic Health Physiotherapists help to manage a very broad spectrum of conditions. For this reason, some practitioners focus their expertise in particular areas. All Continence and Pelvic Health Physiotherapists can help to manage the following conditions:
- Bladder symptoms: urinary leakage/incontinence, urinary urgency, going to the toilet too frequently in the day or night—in both men and women
- Pelvic pain: pain in the pelvic, abdominal, anal, vulva or vaginal regions, which can be related to childbirth, surgery, endometriosis, vulvodynia, or painful sex
- Pregnancy and postnatal: pelvic floor muscle checks, managing aches and pains, breast and nipple problems, exercise classes and childbirth education. Visit our Pregnancy and Postnatal services for more information.
- Pre and post pelvic surgery: prostate surgery, hysterectomy, prolapse repair, continence, and other bladder and bowel procedures
- Prolapse of pelvic organs: bladder, bowel or uterine, symptoms of internal dragging or heaviness, treatment at Southcare includes the fitting and maintenance of vaginal support pessaries
- Men’s continence: including after prostatectomy
- Bowel symptoms: incontinence of faeces or wind, obstructed defecation and constipation
What else can Continence and Pelvic Health Physiotherapists support?Alongside the treatment of the conditions listed above, our physiotherapists also provide support with:
- Real time ultrasound scans of the pelvic floor and bladder
- Clinical exercise classes including Pilates exercises. Visit our Clinical Exercise page for more information.
- Individually tailored pelvic floor exercise programs
- Specific exercise modification for weakened abdominals
- General fitness programs