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Propalse occurs when the pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, rectum), are not adequately supported and sag into the vagina.
This occurs due to weakness in the pelvic floor muscles, or when damage occurs to the fascia and ligaments which usually support these organs.
Signs of a prolapse include heaviness or dragging through the vagina, reduced sensation, difficulty emptying the bowel or a ‘coming down/lump’ bulging outside the vagina.
Childbirth is one of the main causes of a pelvic organ prolapse, as the baby can stretch or tear the tissues which normally support the pelvic organs. Other causes of prolapse can include chronic coughing, frequent heavy lifting and chronic constipation or straining to empty the bowel
The aim of bladder training is to help you gain better bladder control. This is done by training your bladder to hold more urine, without leaks or the pressing need to pass urine, so you can get to the toilet in time.
Incontinence describes accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder or faeces or wind from the bowel.
Incontinence can vary from ‘slight leakage’ to complete loss of control over
the bladder or bowel.
Stress urinary incontinence is the loss of small amounts of urine with increased intraabdominal pressure. This commonly involves tasks such as coughing, laughing, lifting, sneezing and high impact exercise. While most common in females, males can also experience stress urinary incontinence, most frequently after prostate surgery.
Urge incontinence occurs where there is a sudden, very strong urge to urinate, and is also referred to as overactive bladder, or detrusor overactivity. In a normally functioning bladder, we get an urge to urinate as our bladder reaches
around 50% capacity, which is easy to defer until a convenient time to go to the toilet.
With urge urinary incontinence, the bladder feels much fuller than it is. This results in an involuntary contraction of the bladder wall, often with leakage just prior to reaching the toilet.
Throughout their lifetime, one in three women will experience some form of
pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD), and it is estimated that 11% of women will
require surgical intervention for PFD.
Current evidence suggests that Physiotherapy is an important part of
conservative management of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and urinary
incontinence (UI). Symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction can include urinary
leakage, urgency when going to the toilet, lower back or pelvic pain or
feelings of ‘pressure’ on the pelvic floor.
In many cases, women will experience more than one of these symptoms of
Physiotherapists have an important role in improving symptoms of people who are living with pelvic floor dysfunction.
Research suggests that performing specific and regular pelvic floor muscle training and bladder retraining can help to improve symptoms associated with pelvic floor dysfunctions and urinary incontinence. With proper pelvic floor muscle training, women are sometimes able to avoid surgical intervention.
Pelvic Health Problems We Can Help
Women we help come from all walks of life,various ages and stages in life. All have a common goal of getting control back. Your pelvic Floor is like any muscle and can be controlled. Helping and treating women pre and post pregnancy, suffering from either prolapse or incontinence.
What We Treat
- Stress urinary incontinence (leaking with a cough, sneeze, jog, weight-lift etc)
- Urge urinary incontinence
- Prolapse Grade 1-2T
- Post birth Perineal rauma/ Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries (OASIS)
- Rectus Abdominis Diastasis (RAD)
- Post birth there is a window of 6-8 Weeks where treatment can effectively and significantly lessen a diastasis
- Overactive bladder including: Detrusor overactivity, Nocturia, Polyuria, Urinary urgency, Daytime frequency
- General pelvic floor weakness
- Defecation disorders: Constipation, Faecal incontinence
- Pregnancy related pelvic pain and low back pain including pubic symphysis pain, sacroiliac joint pain, costovertebral pain
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Benefits of Having Women’s Health Physio Treatment
• Return to non painful sex life
• Regain Bladder and Bowel control.
• Reduce pelvic & coccyx pain
• Cough and sneeze without losing control
• Regain Your Pelvic Floor after child birth.
How common is Pelvic floor dysfunction?
Urinary incontinence affects up to 37% of Australian women.
Prolapse affects approximately 50% of all women who have had a child (some women don’t experience symptoms- others are severely disabled).
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Get correctly Diagnosed, start the retraining process and get control back.
B.App.Sc (Exer & Sports Sc), Masters of Physiotherapy, Level 3 Sports Physio
Michelle Crew (nee Peauril) is owner of Physio Professionals Caloundra and Kawana and is an experienced physiotherapist that also holds an Exercise Science degree and is a level 3 Sports Physiotherapist. Michelle studied both at Sydney University and Griffith University (Gold Coast) and completed her level 3 sports physiotherpy course at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Canberra in 2009.
Michelle is known for her Shoulder rehabilitation, working closly with leading Orthopeadic surgeons on the Sunshine Coast, as well as Back rehabilitaion. Michelle is a highly skilled physiotherpist in regards to sports performance and sports injury rehabilitation.
Michelle specialises in the Shoulder, Back, Sporting Injuries and Running Gait Analysis.
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Lucy graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2009 and chose to specialise in private musculoskeletal physiotherapy immediately, helping many patients achieve pain free living. She has extensive experience in treating a range of injuries including sports, work-related, post-surgery and chronic degenerative conditions. She has been part of the medical team at the London Marathon, international athletics competitions and national university athletics championships.
Lucy has also worked closely with GPs in the UK, providing musculoskeletal based education and training as part of their professionals development programmes.
Lucy developed an interest in physiotherapy through being an athlete and suffering numerous injuries herself. She has represented England in Athletics and was British Universities steeplechase champion. These days, Lucy competes in local triathlons and chases around after her young daughter!
Lucy’s interest areas are: Neck and Back Injuries, Sporting injuries, Biomechanical lower limb conditions (Knee, Foot and Ankle), Pelvic Floor dysfunction and Pre/Post Pregnancy Physiotherapy.
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B. Sc. Physiotherapy
Sarah grew up in Augathella, attended James Cook University and graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Sarah’s interest areas include Pilates, women’s health and musculoskeletal physiotherapy and she has completed her level 2 Pilates training. Sarah’s strengths lay in her ability to effective communicate and implement a treatment plans to help achieve pain free living. Outside of physiotherapy Sarah’s hobbies include swimming, hiking and leading an active lifestyle.
Sarah specialises in General Physiotherapy, Shoulders, Womens’ Health & Chronic Pain .
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