What is a women’s health physiotherapist?
Women’s health physiotherapists are experienced and highly trained physiotherapists who specialise in the assessment and treatment of women in the pre-natal and post-natal period, women who experience bladder and bowel dysfunction, pelvic pain or other pelvic dysfunctions. A specialised women’s health assessment may include:
- Internal pelvic floor examination;
- Bladder and bowel diaries;
- Real time ultrasound;
- Vaginal dilators;
- Vaginal electrical stimulation (pelvic pain, muscles weakness, urgency);
- Biofeedback for exact pelvic floor measurements and assessment;
- Clinical pilates – safe tailored and individualised programs for women experiencing pelvic pain, bladder or bowel dysfunction;
- Prescription and loan of TENS machines for the use in labour.
Women’s health physiotherapists assist women at various times during the life cycle for conditions including:
- Stress urinary incontinence;
- Urinary urgency and frequency;
- Urge urinary incontinence;
- Mums ‘N’ Bubs exercise classes
- Nocturia (night time urination);
- Pelvic organ prolapse;
- Pre and post pelvic surgery (such as gynaecological, colorectal and urological);
- Faecal incontinence and urgency;
- Vaginismus, vulvodynia, dyspareunia (pain with intercourse);
- Pregnancy related musculoskeletal pain;
- Post natal assessment of pelvic floor / core / strength and stability;
- Pelvic and sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Also available is the treatment of men who experience bladder and bowel issues or following prostatectomy surgery. We also treat children who experience bed wetting.
How do I register for Mums ‘N’ Bubs?
Payment options and subsidies
Private health rebates are applicable.
Under the Chronic Disease Management Program, Medicare rebates are available for patients with chronic and complex care needs on referral from their GP. Additional rebates may also be applicable for those identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA):
Entitled DVA clients may be eligible for services under a valid D904 referral form.
All therapists are workcover and TAC approved. GP referral required.
Frequently asked questions
What does a pelvic floor examination involve?
After collecting all the relevant history, an internal vaginal assessment or non-invasive real time ultrasound scan may be offered to assess your pelvic floor muscle health and function. If you are not comfortable with having an internal examination on your first visit, or at all, there are still some things that the physiotherapist can do that will help your condition improve. The physiotherapist will do everything possible to reduce any pain or anxiety that you might have regarding these assessment procedures.
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
In Australia, physiotherapists are first contact practitioners, so a referral is not required to attend for treatment. There are however, a few exceptions (worker’s compensation claims, Department of Veteran Affairs, motor vehicle third party claims and Medicare claims) where you will need to see your doctor prior to attending.
Is there a cancellation policy?
At Flex Out Physiotherapy we understand people get busy and from time to time, emergencies come up and things change. If you cannot keep your appointment, please call us as soon as possible so we can reschedule your appointment. We require a minimum of eight-hours notice prior to your appointment so we can have time to offer your appointment to someone else.
Are Flex Out Physiotherapy preferred providers to any private health funds?
Yes. Flex Out Physiotherapy are a preferred provider for both Medibank and BUPA which provides members with additional discounts and maximum rebates on services.