Women's Health

MPFP physiotherapists manage a range of conditions specifically affecting women during all stages of life from childhood, adolescence, childbearing years, post menopause and seniors. A women’s health physiotherapist pays particular attention to preventing or assisting problems with the female pelvic organs.

Pelvic Floor

Pelvic floor muscle function is to support the pelvic organs and maintain continence.  Having strong pelvic floor muscles gives us control over the bladder and bowel.  Weakened pelvic floor muscles mean the internal organs are not fully supported and you may have difficulty controlling the release of urine, faeces or flatus.

Some of the common causes of a weakened pelvic floor include pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, surgery and straining from chronic constipation. Pelvic floor exercises are designed to improve muscle tone and prevent incontinence, symptoms of prolapse and prevent the need for corrective surgery.

How We Can Help

A full assessment will be done to determine your pelvic floor requirements, and a management plan will be provided to achieve your goals in agreed time frames.

Step 1

Assessment of Pelvic Floor Muscle Function

This may involve, with your consent a real time ultrasound or vaginal exam, if your condition involves the pelvic floor, with one of our female physiotherapists.

Step 2


Based on your pelvic floor muscle assessment, we design an individualised program to assist you in gaining strength in the areas you need to achieve your goals.

Step 3

Progression of Your Pelvic Floor Muscle Program

Join our small group physio classes, instructed by one of our physiotherapists to maintain your rehabilitation.

How Healthy is Your Pelvic Floor?

  • Do you experience urine leakage related to physical activity, coughing or sneezing?
  • Do you experience any urine leakage related to the feeling of urgency?
  • Do you experience frequent urination?
  • Do you have difficulty emptying your bladder?
  • Do you experience pain in the lower abdominal or genital area?
  • Do you experience pelvic/vaginal discomfort after standing, lifting, carrying or physically exerting yourself?
  • Do you experience night-time urination more than once?
  • Is intercourse painful?
  • Does your pelvic floor area “feel” like it did prior to childbirth?
  • Do your pelvic floor muscles feel weak or loose?
  • Are you unsure if you are actually contracting your pelvic floor muscles correctly or have been trying to and do not seem to be improving?
  • Do you experience bowel problems such as poor wind control, soiling, urgency or difficulty evacuating your bowels?

If you answered YES to any of the questions then one of our friendly pelvic floor physiotherapists can help you.