What is a Women's Health Physiotherapist?

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Often in the clinic we hear women say 'I didn't even realise there were physio's who treated this!' which is why it is important to understand the role of a women's health physio, so that you know if you may benefit from seeing one.

 

A Women's Health Physiotherapist is a physiotherapist who has undergone extra training following their physiotherapy degree, to specialise in the treatment of women, and the conditions that specifically affect women.

 

These conditions include:

- Pregnancy (all musculoskeletal aches and pains such as pelvic girdle pain, low back and hip pain, wrist pain etc)

- Abdominal separation (during and following pregnancy)

- Incontinence and prolapse (including pessary fitting for prolapse)

- Pelvic floor muscle strengthening programs

- Sexual pain (AKA Dyspareunia) Including the sensation of burning, stinging, tightness or inability to have penetration.

 

Assessment may include:

- In depth discussion about your symptoms and goals.

- External assessment (looking at the outside of your body to see how your back, hips and pelvis move)

- Internal assessment (examining the muscles and tissues inside of your pelvis - pictured below)

For more information about the process of an internal examination - stay tuned!