Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend a 5 day intensive Women’s Health Course run by the walking encyclopaedia herself, the wonderful Taryn Hallam. Fair to say after those 5 days, there was information coming out my ears!
The course covered common pelvic floor conditions as well as pregnancy and post-natal conditions and complications. It was such an engaging and at times emotional course that has boosted my passion for women’s health even more than I expected!
So now that my brain is full of ideas, I’d like to share with you some of the conditions Women’s Health Physiotherapists can treat. Some of them may surprise you!For women during pregnancy we cover lots of musculoskeletal conditions like
- Pelvic pain
- Back pain
- Abdominal pain
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Varicosities and
- Transient Osteoporosis, just to name a few
In addition to these conditions, I also provide advice and prescription of exercise during pregnancy. There is so much information out there for expecting mothers about exercise and most of it can be contradictory and confusing. As with most things, everyone is different and therefore the advice you receive should be specific to you and your pregnancy not dispensed by influencers and celebrities. If you’re unsure check with your midwife or obstetrician as well as your physio.
Women’s Health physios are also equipped to provide specific exercise prescription to assist in management of “high risk” pregnancies once cleared by an Obstetrician. This includes conditions like Pre-Eclampsia and Gestational Diabetes as well at those with “at risk” pregnancies (women who are obese, have high blood pressure or carrying more than one foetus).
After birth, your Women’s Health physio has an important role in your recuperation in the weeks postpartum and into longer term recovery to help you return to your previous activity/exercise level. Regardless if you have had a vaginal delivery or a Caesarean Section, physiotherapy is important in the recovery of abdominal separation, bladder and bowel dysfunction, perineal trauma and tears, breast conditions like mastitis, as well as general pelvic floor function.
Women’s Health Physio is not just for women who are or have been pregnant. We also cover a variety of pelvic floor issues such as bladder disorders like incontinence, urgency or over-active bladder, bowel disorders like constipation or incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse.
There’s heaps more that we treat as well so if you’re unsure just ask us. If you think any of the problems I mentioned relate to you or anyone you know, or that you might need the help of a Women’s Health physio make an appointment with me at Parkside Sports Physiotherapy. Yeah the girls!