What is pelvic floor Physiotherapy?

Active pelvic floor muscles are very important to men and women throughout life. Poorly controlled muscles can lead to prolapse and loss of bladder or bowel control.

We understand this can be a private and sensitive matter for some. Our consult room is private and reception staff are very discreet and won’t ask you any sensitive questions.

 

Who Jen could help?

– Women and men for issues related to stress incontinence ie. leaking urine when coughing, laughing, sneezing, or lifting.

– Urge incontinence ie. Leaking on the way to the toilet.

– Pelvic organ prolapse ie. Bulging heaviness sensation in the vagina or rectum.

– Urinary frequency ie. Increased urinary voiding through the day and night.

– Faecal incontinence or faecal urgency and wind control.

– Pre-natal and post-natal bladder and bowel issues.

– Voiding dysfunction ie. inability to empty the bowel or bladder easily

– Chronic constipation or delayed bowel emptying.

– Issues related to painful intercourse ie. Conditions such as vaginismus, vulvodynia etc

– Pelvic and abdominal pain associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Endometritis and other conditions.

– Women who experience painful periods, pain with bowel opening and non- menstrual pelvic pain.

– Men pre or post prostate surgery.

– Women pre or post gynaecological surgery.

About Jen

What is the role of a pelvic floor physiotherapist?

Quite commonly pelvic floor problems are a result of weakened or inactive pelvic floor muscles. Physiotherapists with specialised training are equipped to thoroughly assess these issues and then educate and provide training programs for people with pelvic floor problems much like musculoskeletal physiotherapists may rehabilitate someone with an injured or weakened knee.

According to the Continence Foundation of Australia, 1 in 3 women who have had a baby have experienced bladder leakage or weakness, and as many as 50% of women suffer from some level of prolapse. Pelvic floor dysfunction is incredibly common and often under reported in both men and women.

Did you know? 30% of people when verbally prompted to activate their pelvic floor muscles do not actually engage the correct muscle group.

What to expect during a pelvic floor physiotherapy appointment?

Your appointment will take place in a private consultation room where Jen will take a detailed history, including your symptoms.  Jen will talk to you about how much your symptoms affect your quality of life and what your symptoms stop you from being able to do.

Jen will then complete a physical assessment, this may include an internal pelvic floor muscle assessment. The value of this assessment cannot be stated enough. It allows Jen to tailor an exercise program specifically to your own needs allowing pelvic floor physiotherapy to be incredibly effective.

Based on your conversations and assessment findings you will be treated appropriately and given a home program. You may also be asked to complete a bowel and bladder diary to accurately record symptoms.

Please allow 45 minutes for your initial appointment with Jen.

*Please note this type of appointment is not available via our online booking system please call reception 5625 1631 and request an appointment with Jennifer Massey.

 

Would you like to ask Jen some questions before booking you can do so by emailing her at Jennifer.Massey@ipn.com.au

Physiotherapists are University trained professionals and Jen regularly engages with people, in the hope to bring about health improvements through exercise, strength training and activity modification. Jen has done additional studies to become specialised in pelvic floor physiotherapy.

Jen Graduated from Monash University in 2009 and dove straight into private practice in Latrobe Valley. Since then she has completed a Post Graduate Certificate at Melbourne University in Continence and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation.

This training provided her with specialised knowledge in the assessment and treatment of a myriad of male and female continence and pelvic floor disorders.

Continence and pelvic floor problems can impact upon many facets of a person’s life. As a Continence and Pelvic Floor physiotherapist Jen is passionate about the role she can play in helping people achieve normal pelvic floor function.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Post Graduate Certificate in Continence and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

Member of Australian Physiotherapy Association

Continence Foundation of Australia member

Continence Foundation Physiotherapy group member

 

Additional courses

APPI Pilates

Dry needling

Assessment and management of the pelvic/hip region

Continence Foundation State conference delegate 2017