Women's Health Physiotherapy
Throughout life women can undergo significant changes to their bodies, most notably during pregnancy. At Horizon Physiotherapy we are passionate in assisting women to achieve their specific exercise goals in a safe way, using an individualized approach.
Our ‘core’ muscles include the deep muscles of the abdomen and back, our diaphragm and the pelvic floor muscles. When working well, these core muscles work together as a part of a system, which helps maintain continence, sexual function, and support of our internal organs. Additionally there is research showing the relationship between our core muscles and pain conditions, such as pelvis and low back pain. If there is an imbalance within our core muscle system, this can affect how our body moves and functions.
Some people are more at risk of pelvic floor or core weakness. Women are usually more at risk given hormonal effects and physical demands on their bodies during the childbearing years and beyond. But it is not only women who have had babies that can have pelvic floor dysfunction, pain or continence problems – teens and men can have core imbalances as well!
REAL TIME ULTRASOUND
At Horizon we offer (non-invasive) real time ultrasound imaging to assist in assessing pelvic floor and abdominal musculature.
We also offer treatments for specific antenatal and postnatal conditions, including:
- Therapeutic ultrasound for blocked milk ducts or perineal tears
- Bracing or support taping for pelvis or sacro-iliac complaints
- Assessment of rectus abdominis diastasis
- Postural and movement correction
Body Back after Baby
Postnatal rehabilitation program
Post Partum Assessment
At Horizon Physiotherapy we assist women to manage the physical changes that can occur with their bodies during pregnancy and beyond.
We have a specific post partum screening which we recommend should be done around 6-8 weeks post delivery. Screening involves assessment of posture and body alignment, strength of the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor function.
We use real time ultrasound which is non-invasive but also offer the option for vaginal assessment as required.
Body Back after Baby Program
Our Body Back after Baby program is a 10 week Pilates based rehabilitation program which is developed to ensure optimal recovery and return to activity.
Initial sessions are 1:1 with progression into a class format.
Physiotherapy for acute postnatal period
Other problems that can benefit from physiotherapy:
· Therapeutic ultrasound for perineal tears, haemorrhoids, blocked milk ducts/mastitis
· Laser for cracked nipples
· Wrist pain (de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel)
· Pelvic girdle pain
· Continence issuesProlapse
· Back or neck pain
· Rib or thoracic pain