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Continence & Women’s Health

Are you experiencing any of the following?

  • Accidental leakage of urine
  • A sudden or constant urge to go to the toilet
  • Waking up more than twice to go to the toilet at night
  • Difficulty or straining to empty your bowel or bladder
  • Involuntary loss of bowel or passing wind
  • Staining your underwear
  • A bulge, heaviness, discomfort, dropping in the vagina
  • Pain or spasms in/near the vagina
  • Back pain or sciatica during pregnancy
  • Pelvic pain during pregnancy
  • Abdominal separation from pregnancy
  • Painful intercourse

Body Rhythm has a number of Physiotherapists who can help with the assessment and rehabilitation of the pelvic floor muscles. The pelvic floor muscles are important for bladder and bowel function, pelvic organ support and sexual function.

Common conditions we treat include:

  • Urinary incontinence (stress, urge, frequency)
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Overactive pelvic floor
  • Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction
  • Prolapse (bladder, bowel and/or uterus)
  • Rectus abdominis diastasis
  • Pregnancy-related back pain
  • Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain

Assessment

At Body Rhythm Physiotherapy, we provide Real Time Ultrasound Imaging (RTUI) for assessment of the pelvic floor muscles. Ultrasound Imaging is important for assessment and treatment of conditions such as prolapse, urinary leakage, urgency and incontinence. These conditions are particularly common for women during and after pregnancy and when transitioning through menopause.

Ultrasound Imaging is performed in a safe and comfortable environment where the ultrasound head is placed on the lower abdomen. The machine allows both the therapist and patient to see the pelvic floor muscles contract and relax on the screen. Your Physiotherapist will therefore be able to assess the activation and endurance of your pelvic floor muscles.

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Treatment

Physiotherapy treatment focuses on pelvic floor muscle retraining. Once your Physiotherapist has assessed your pelvic floor muscles, they will be able to provide you with a specific home exercise program to retrain these muscles. You will also be educated on modification of lifestyle factors to assist in the management of your condition.

Additional treatment techniques may include:

  • Manual or hands-on therapy
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Acupuncture or dry needling
  • Postural re-training
  • Pilates

The research shows that 80% of people can improve their bowel and bladder function with physiotherapy. So why not start now? Our female physiotherapists who are trained in real time ultrasound imaging are located at our Beechboro Physio Clinic. We offer physiotherapy services to Yokine, Joondanna, Beechboro, Midland and Malaga as well as across the Swan Valley.