Women's & Pelvic Health

Are you experiencing some leakage when you cough, laugh, sneeze or exercise? You’re not alone. Incontinence affects around 30% of women and 20% of men in New Zealand. The good news? Physiotherapy can help.

Conditions we commonly treat:

  • Bladder and bowel concerns - incontinence, urgency and constipation
  • Pregnancy-related pelvic pain and back pain
  • Pelvic floor check after childbirth
  • Blocked ducts and recurrent mastitis
  • Rectus diastasis
  • Caesarean scar management
  • Return to exercise / running post childbirth
  • Pelvic organ prolapses
  • Pelvic pain - coccyx pain, pain with sexual intercourse, endometriosis and pain or discomfort in lower abdomen or vagina
  • Menopausal concerns
  • Post pelvic surgery - hysterectomy and vaginal repairs
  • Male pelvic floor assessment and pre and post prostate surgery advice and education

How can physiotherapy help me?

  • Pelvic floor retraining
  • Soft tissue release and manual therapy
  • Dry needling and acupuncture
  • Bladder and bowel retraining
  • Therapeutic ultrasound 
  • Strengthening, stretching and rehabilitation programmes
  • Onward referral to a gynaecologist if necessary

What should I expect at my consultation?

During your first consultation, expect your Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist to ask a lot questions. This allows us to gain a sound understanding of your history and symptoms and the different aspects of your life that may be affecting your condition and health generally. A physical assessment of your condition comes next and depending on your individual needs this may include: 

  • Posture, joint and functional movement assessment.
  • Assessment of the myofascial system.
  • Pelvic floor examination (internal and external) to assess functional tone and activation of pelvic floor muscles and pelvic organ prolapse presence. An internal assessment is often very helpful in diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor conditions. However, it's not essential and your physiotherapist will discuss what is involved and all the options during your consultation.

We'll then discuss with you the different treatment options that are available and tailor a plan that is individual to you. We work closely with local Waikato specialists, and if we feel further input from another health professional (for example, your GP, Urologist, Gynecologist, Colorectal Specialist, Dietician, or Psychologist) would be beneficial, we can arrange this referral for you.

Don't be shy...

Many women don’t seek help for pelvic floor issues. We are busy, embarrassed or think that it is normal . Our Pelvic Floor physiotherapists see clients every day with all sorts or minor and more complicated pelvic floor issues. You’ll feel very relieved once you have discussed your problems and have a plan for addressing them. No referral is needed. 

Our Women's & Pelvic Health Team

Barb Harris

Nicole Greidanus

Lydia McTamney