Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

Expert Women’s and Men’s Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Services in Windsor, Blackburn, Hawthorn, Ocean Grove & East Melbourne

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy, a unique and specialised discipline within the broader physiotherapy field, caters to a range of issues related to pelvic health in men, women, and children. Practitioners who work within this sphere have completed further education and obtained superior qualifications post-graduate, ensuring their expertise is of the highest standard.

When it comes to managing sensitive pelvic health issues, it’s crucial to seek the help of a certified and experienced pelvic health physio, like our professionals at Beyond.

Our accomplished physiotherapists specialise in diagnosing and treating conditions that impact the pelvis and pelvic floor muscles, which can be strained and distressed at various life stages. As one of the premier providers of pelvic health physiotherapy in Melbourne, we are proud to have integrated the esteemed Fitwise Physiotherapy clinics into our group in December 2022, further amplifying our capacity to deliver exceptional care.

Our Experienced Physiotherapy Team is Equipped to Assist with:

Women’s Pelvic Health: From managing pelvic girdle pain and continence issues to treating conditions like pelvic pain, pelvic prolapse, endometriosis, mastitis and DRAM (separation of abdominal muscles), our pelvic health physio team is committed to enhancing women’s well-being. We also offer support for sporting pelvic floor and pre and post-natal health concerns.

Men’s Pelvic Health: Our experienced practitioners assist with prostate issues, including post-surgery complications, as well as bladder and bowel problems. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for men dealing with these often complex conditions.

Children’s Pelvic Health: Our pelvic health physiotherapy team also addresses children’s issues such as bedwetting, constipation, and day wetting, with an empathetic and sensitive approach.

What are some common conditions that impact the pelvis and pelvic floor muscles, which physiotherapy can help alleviate?

Physiotherapy, especially pelvic floor physiotherapy, can help manage a variety of conditions related to the pelvis and pelvic floor muscles. Here are some common conditions:

  1. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: This condition involves the inability to control the muscles of the pelvic floor correctly. Symptoms may include constipation, straining or pain during bowel movements, and a frequent need to urinate. Pelvic physiotherapy can strengthen these muscles and improve control.
  2. Urinary Incontinence: This condition is characterised by a loss of bladder control, leading to accidental urine leakage. It can occur due to weakened pelvic floor muscles – physiotherapy can help strengthen these muscles and improve bladder control.
  3. Pelvic Organ Prolapse: This condition happens when the muscles and tissues supporting the pelvic organs (such as the uterus, bladder, or rectum) become weak or loose, causing one or more of the organs to drop or press into or out of the vagina. Physiotherapy exercises can help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and alleviate the symptoms.
  4. Pelvic Pain: This can occur due to a variety of conditions, such as endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, or pelvic inflammatory disease. Physiotherapy can help reduce pain and improve pelvic muscle function.
  5. Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS): This condition affects men and is characterised by pain in the pelvic area lasting more than three months. Physiotherapy may help reduce the symptoms associated with this condition.
  6. Pregnancy and Postpartum-related Issues: Pregnancy and childbirth can cause various problems like diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles), pelvic girdle pain, back pain, Mastitis, and pelvic floor dysfunction. Physiotherapy can help manage these issues and guide in safe return to physical activity postpartum.
  7. Mastitis: We are able to help women during the post-natal stage if they encounter mastitis through a range of techniques including therapeutic ultrasound. Please read here for more information.
  8. Post-Surgical Rehabilitation: Patients undergoing pelvic surgery, such as hysterectomy, prostatectomy, or surgeries for rectal or colon cancer, may benefit from physiotherapy. It can help improve mobility, decrease pain, and hasten recovery.
  9. Sexual Dysfunction: Certain sexual problems, like pain during intercourse (dyspareunia), can occur due to issues with the pelvic muscles. Pelvic floor physiotherapy may help alleviate these issues.
  10. Faecal Incontinence: This is the inability to control bowel movements, causing stool to leak from the rectum. Pelvic physiotherapy can help strengthen pelvic floor muscles, improving bowel control.
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Frequently Asked Questions

An assessment will be done by one of our postgraduate-trained physiotherapists to determine your individual pelvic floor requirements. There are different levels of assessment available, including discussion, real-time ultrasound, and internal examination of your pelvic floor muscles. You have a total choice regarding which assessment is right for you, and will be fully informed of the pros and cons of each type of assessment by your physiotherapist to allow you to choose. A pelvic floor physiotherapy management plan will be provided to achieve your individual goals.

Depending on your condition, the appropriate management and treatment plan will be discussed with you. Once a correct diagnosis is reached a Pelvic Health Physios may teach you how to use your pelvic floor muscles correctly, provide you with individual targeted pelvic floor exercise program (this may include specific pelvic floor aids), referral to Clinical Pilates, review diet and fluid intake, review lifestyle influences and bladder training programs.

Pelvic Floor Physio is key to help with people that have identified issues with their pelvic health. There are many conditions that can impact the pelvis that can cause distress to patients due to the impacts on their lives. Our Physiotherapists are trained to help you with these sensitive issues in a caring and safe environment. Helping patients with these conditions can have very positive impacts on their lives and feelings of confidence.

You should see a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist if you are experiencing any symptoms or conditions listed above. We are often referred clients from Obstetricians, GPs, Gynaecologists, Urologists, and other health professionals. You don’t need a referral to attend a Womens, Mens and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. The most common condition we help with is urinary incontinence. This can be experienced by all people of all ages due to various reasons. Booking as soon as you are experiencing symptoms is important so you can get the correct diagnosis and treatment plan to help your condition.

Pelvic floor therapy is indicated when your condition is impacting the function of the pelvic floor. If you suffer from problems with your bladder, or bowel, painful sex, a painful pelvis, surgical conditions impacting the pelvis such as prolapse repair or prostate removal, endometriosis or pregnancy, and post-pregnancy-related issues pelvic floor therapy may be indicated. If you are unsure booking an initial appointment with one of our trained physiotherapists may help work out what type of therapy and management plan you need to help you. We can also help refer you to specialists if further investigation is required to help you get the health outcomes you desire.

Meet the Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Team

The Fitwise Story

Fitwise embodies a spirit of unwavering excellence when it comes to women’s, men’s, and pelvic health. It began in 2004, with Libby Oldfield founding Fitwise Physiotherapy. Their partnership was forged years earlier in 1994 when Gen joined Libby’s previous practice at the Epworth Freemasons Maternity Unit in East Melbourne. Since then, their synergy has only grown stronger, and even today, Fitwise continues to provide invaluable consultations at the Epworth Freemason Maternity Unit, a testament to Gen and Libby’s standing within the industry.

Libby and Gen are driven by an unyielding passion for delivering precise, evidence-based information and treatments. They have always strived for excellence, pushing the boundaries of innovation in their practice. In fact, Fitwise was the first practice in Melbourne to offer a multi-practitioner approach to Women’s Health physiotherapy consultations, exercise classes, and clinical pilates. Over the years, Fitwise has evolved, expanding its team and locations. And at the end of 2022, Fitwise joined forces with Beyond, amplifying the reach of their exceptional services in women’s, men’s, and pelvic health across Melbourne, Geelong, and the Bellarine Peninsula.

Now, more than ever, Fitwise is poised to make a profound impact, bringing their unparalleled expertise and compassionate care to a wider audience. With Fitwise and Beyond working hand in hand, a brighter future awaits for individuals seeking the highest quality service in women’s, men’s, and pelvic health.

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