HOW DOES A PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPIST DIFFER FROM A 'WOMEN'S HEALTH PHYSIOTHERAPIST'?
Apart from aiming to improve the function of your pelvic floor muscles, a pelvic floor physiotherapist will assess your bladder, bowel, prolapse and sexual health. They will assess what is going into as well as out of the pelvis and the muscles that control these movements in both women as well as men. In Victoria somebody who claims they are a 'pelvic floor physiotherapist' should have post graduate training in pelvic floor health.
WILL MY VISIT INVOLVE A VAGINAL OR RECTAL EXAMINATION?
If you have bladder, bowel, prolapse or deep pelvic pain symptoms then you would most likely benefit from a vaginal (or rectal) assessment. This does not have to happen at the first session but gives really good feedback on what is happening with your pelvic floor muscle function which can guide your treatment.
If you are bleeding we are happy to undertake a vaginal examination however understand if you do not feel comfortable with this and wish to reschedule your appointment. Bleeding will not distinctly change our assessment findings.
DO YOU RECOMMEND A ROUTINE REVIEW to learn how to correctly activate your pelvic floor antenatally?
It has been shown that pelvic floor muscle training in women having their first baby can prevent urinary incontinence in late pregnancy and post partum. This effect is greater with targeted training (ie. supervised by a pelvic floor physiotherapist).
CAN MY GP REFER ME TO THE CLINIC THROUGH THE ENHANCED PRIMARY CARE PROGRAM?
Yes. This program entitles you to five medicare assisted funded visits each calendar year (medicare covers $52.95 per session). The cost of an appointment through the Enhanced Primary Care Program is $80. This means that the gap is $27.05 (in some cases this fee will be waived). All you need is to be referred by your GP to our clinic with the appropriate paperwork.