Womens Health

How is The FITMUM Program’s Women’s Health Physiotherapy service different?

After graduating in 2009, our women’s health physiotherapist Amy began to develop a keen interest in the realm of women’s health. However since falling pregnant and delivering her daughter in 2016, Amy passion for all things women’s health grew immensely, in particular surrounding the prenatal and postnatal health of women. Amy is caring, sensitive and thorough in her assessment and management for each woman, ensuring all their needs are met and looked after.

At The FITMUM Program we appreciate that every woman’s physiotherapy needs are different.

During your initial assessment, Amy will conduct extensive questioning about your pelvic floor function as well as your bladder and bowel habits to allow for the best diagnosis and treatment. If the patient is comfortable then Amy will proceed to conduct an internal vaginal examination as this will enable her to thoroughly assess any areas of weakness, spasm or change to your pelvic floor muscles and to assess for any degree of vaginal prolapse of your pelvic organs. An internal examination will ensure Amy can make the most accurate diagnosis and thereby provide the best management plan. All of this cannot be achieved externally.

As required, Amy will communicate with any other health professionals involved – your regular physiotherapist, referring doctor or gynaecologist/obstetrician to achieve the best outcome for you.

What should I expect?

You do not need a referral to see our women’s health physiotherapist, but you may be referred by your GP or obstetrician/gynaecologist. After speaking with you over the phone about your pelvic floor problem, we will book you for an hour long assessment. This will involve taking a very detailed history about your pelvic floor habits, from bladder and bowel control, to sex, to lower back and pelvic pain. The internal vaginal examination will follow and a management plan decided together with you.

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