Pregnancy & Women's Health


Congratulations! Pregnancy is a fascinating journey, smooth for some and a tad rocky for others but always full of learning and expectation. Let our Physiotherapists share their expertise with you. Whether you are wanting to attend pregnancy pilates or fitness programs, need some help with pregnancy-related aches & pains or need some treatment for continence issues, we are here to help.

Our Physio’s are absolutely passionate about helping women significantly improve their quality of life. Our service is highly confidential and respects the sensitive nature of these problems. 

To book your women’s health appointment, click here.

Physiotherapy Services at 4 Life Physiotherapy

Pelvic Floor Training
To prevent and treat incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain or following perineal trauma during delivery
Pregnancy-Related Pain
Including back, neck, rib, carpal tunnel and pelvic girdle pain (sacroiliac or symphysis pubis)
Ante-natal Exercise Programs
Ante-natal exercise has many benefits for both mum and bub. Our safe exercise programs and ante-natal Pilates programs are very popular.
Breastfeeding Support
Advice and treatment for blocked breast ducts/mastitis (with ultrasound), breast engorgement and related back and neck pain
Post-natal Abdominal Retraining
Retraining for weak distended abdominal muscles, for rectus divarication (separation) and following a C-Section delivery
Return to Exercise / Sport
Safe return to exercise programs and postnatal fitness and Pilates programs

Gynaecology Physio & Continence

As many as 1 in 3 women experience pelvic floor problems including leaking and prolapse at some point in their lives.

Pregnancy and menopause are two major events in a women’s life that can commonly result in pelvic health issues. Our Physiotherapists who treat women’s health concerns are skilled in the assessment and treatment of all problems relating to the pelvis and pelvic floor in women, including urinary incontinence, urinary frequency, pain with intercourse, and bowel incontinence.

Women’s Health physiotherapy is minimally invasive, has high success rates and is widely acknowledged as the preferred treatment for many pelvic health issues. There is no reason to put off booking an assessment, so get in touch with our reception staff and request an appointment with our Physiotherapists who have a special interest in Women’s Health Physiotherapy. 

Pelvic Girdle Pain

Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is an all-encompassing term for pain anywhere around your pelvic ring (ie. back, hips, groin and thighs). It is a common occurrence in pregnancy but also in sports, so can affect both women and men. PGP is typically worse during weight-bearing or asymmetrical activities such as turning over in bed, walking/running, using stairs, climbing hills, getting in and out of the car or swimming breaststroke. It often gets worse throughout the day, peaking in the evening.

Treatment by a Physiotherapist for PGP may include manual therapy to help the pelvic joints/muscles to move better, exercises to help strengthen and correct muscle imbalances and lifestyle changes to address and adapt any aggravating activities. 

Recovery from Gynaecological Surgery

Gynaecological surgery can be recommended for women of any age for acute or longstanding problems. Pre-hab (exercises before surgery) and Re-hab (exercises following surgery) are very effective adjuncts to surgery that will hasten your recovery and help alleviate your problems. Many surgeries will benefit from Physiotherapy, with the most common including hysterectomy, bladder sling or prolapse repair. Research shows that on verbal instruction 50% of women incorrectly activate their pelvic floor and around 25% of women perform a movement that could make symptoms worse. Therefore, it is important to see a Physiotherapist skilled in designing individually tailored rehabilitation programs for gynaecological surgery.
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