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Women's Health @ Sports & Spinal

"Supporting you through every aspect of your life"

Women’s Health Physiotherapy (also referred to as Pelvic Health or Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy as Men are also affected with Pelvic concerns!) is the area of Physiotherapy that deals with conditions relating to the bladder, bowel, pelvic floor, and pelvis, as well as pregnancy-related conditions including mastitis and lower back pain.

Our Physiotherapists are specially trained in pelvic floor assessment and treatment, and work closely with local specialists, surgeons, GPs and other health professionals to ensure that the treatment you are being provided is of the highest level and supported by current evidence.

Some of the areas and conditions that our Physios may be able to assess and treat include:

  • Pregnancy & Postnatal Pelvic Girdle of Coccyx Pain
  • Pregnancy & Postnatal Lower or Mid Back Pain
  • Rectus Abdominis Diastasis (RAD or DRAM, Tummy Muscle Separation)
  • Postnatal Pelvic Floor Assessments (including post third and fourth-degree perineal tears)
  • Return to Exercise Assessments
  • Mastitis
  • Bladder issues – Stress Incontinence, Urge Incontinence/ Overactive Bladder Syndromes, Bladder Pain Syndromes (including Interstitial Cystitis) and Retention
  • Bowel concerns – Constipation, Faecal Urgency, and Incontinence
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Pessary fittings
  • Painful Intercourse (Dyspareunia)
  • Persistent Pelvic and Vaginal Pain (including Endometriosis driven pain)
  • Pre and Post Gynae Surgery Pelvic Floor Muscle Training and Advice
  • Pre and Post Prostatectomy Pelvic Floor Muscle Training and Advice

If you are in need of  Women’s Health Physiotherapy services, contact us and see how we can help today!

Please see below for more information on the type of conditions our therapists can help with:

We like to allow 60 minutes for your initial appointment (in most cases, this may vary in some circumstances) to ensure that there is enough time to take a detailed and thorough history and to allow plenty of time for discussion, education, treatment, and questions.

Your initial appointment will involve some form of assessment, but this will depend on the condition you are seeking treatment for. Where appropriate, this may consist of an internal vaginal or rectal exam, but this will be discussed in more detail at your appointment where you will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the reasons behind the assessment. Other assessment methods may include real-time ultrasound, biofeedback and musculoskeletal screening.

After your assessment, your Physiotherapist will be able to discuss with you the diagnosis and the options for treatment. This may involve a variety of things including (but certainly not limited to): pelvic floor muscle re-training, bladder and bowel management strategies, and strength and exercise programs. You will always leave our rooms with a good understanding of your diagnosis and with a comprehensive plan in place to target an improvement in your symptoms.

What Do I Wear?
Whatever you feel comfortable in!

Do I need to bring anything?
Any relevant scans, letters or reports, as well as current medication lists. Sometimes we will also require a full bladder if we are planning on using the ultrasound machine for assessment, but the reception staff will let you know prior to your appointment

No other stage of life stresses the pelvic floor more than pregnancy and childbirth. Even caesarian births affect the pelvic floor as it still stretches and bears the weight of the pregnant uterus for nine months. Maintaining pelvic floor strength and function throughout your pregnancy and postnatally is essential.

Pelvic Girdle Pain

Pelvic Girdle Pain is very common during pregnancy due to the major changes that occur within your body both physically and hormonally. A combination of hands-on treatment, strength and conditioning and mobility work is used to treat these aches and pains throughout pregnancy.

Pregnancy Exercise Classes

Exercise in pregnancy has been shown to reduce complications such as gestational diabetes and pre eclampsia and is a great way to reduce and treat pelvic girdle pain. The classes are run from our Sippy Downs practice and offer a supportive environment to keep you strong and active right up until delivery.

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy is a blessing and is a thrilling, special time in your life that should be cherished. However, it can also be a physical and emotional rollercoaster, which is why it is so important for mums-to-be to take some time out to relax, be pampered and ease the aches, pains, and tension that come with pregnancy.

At Sports & Spinal we have a special pregnancy massage cushion, enabling Mums-to-be to be massaged while laying on their stomach. Our massage therapists use a specialised massage oil blend to massage your entire body focusing on the areas that most need work.

All initial massages are charged at 50% off – contact your local clinic to book in today!

Postnatal Follow-Up

A Pelvic Floor check is an essential part of your post-natal recovery and is highly recommended prior to returning to exercise to prevent any long term complications. Our Physiotherapists work closely with our Exercise Physiologist to ensure new mums are building their pelvic floor strength as well as their general strength and fitness to support their lifestyles and health and fitness goals. We also offer specific post natal ‘Active Mums’ strengthening classes which achieve all of the above in a supportive class environment, where little ones are welcome!

The term ‘pelvic floor’ refers to the group of muscles that sit at the base of the pelvis. Their job is to provide support to the pelvic organs; bladder, vagina, uterus and rectum, as well as maintain continence.

The pelvic floor muscles can become weakened during pregnancy and childbirth, but they are can also be affected by constipation, a chronic cough and repetitive heavy lifting. Menopause can also influence how these muscles work.

Incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine. There are several different types of incontinence.

Stress Urinary Incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine with exercise, coughing, sneezing or movement such as rolling in bed or standing from a chair.

Urge Urinary Incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine with the urge to go to the toilet. People often describe this as ‘not quite making it in time!’

Fecal Incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of stool; liquid or formed.

The term prolapse refers to any movement of the pelvic organs from their original position. Prolapse is commonly seen in women following childbirth but can happen at any stage during a woman’s life. Common symptoms include feelings of bulging or heaviness in the vagina or anus, difficulty emptying the bladder and/or bowel and difficulty keeping a tampon in.

If you are in need of  Women's Health Physiotherapy services, contact us and see how we can help today!

Meet the Women’s Health Team @ Sports & Spinal

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Jaime Singleton -

Women's Health Physiotherapist

Jaime graduated from the University of Queensland in 2006 and has worked in both the private and public sectors in the field of Women’s Health Physiotherapy for over 12 years. Jaime has worked solely in one of the largest maternity hospitals in Australia, until most recently leading the Allied Health teams in both the newly established Queensland Persistent Pelvic Pain clinic, and the Queensland Pelvic Mesh Service, both aimed specifically at pain and physio management for women. 

Jaime has done further postgraduate study through the University of Melbourne, has trained undergraduate and postgraduate students in this field, and has presented at numerous conferences on varying topics on Women’s Health Physiotherapy. 

Jaime has extensive experience in treating women across the lifespan, from adolescent pelvic pain to pregnancy and postnatal related conditions, as well as post-menopausal and gynaecological concerns. Jaime treats women’s related complaints such as incontinence, prolapse, mastitis, bowel concerns, pregnancy-related pain, pelvic mesh-related concerns, painful sex conditions, and endometriosis-related pain. 

Jaime focuses on supporting and championing women to take control of conditions affecting their lives and is especially passionate when it comes to persistent pain management and safe exercise prescription to suit individual needs. Jaime is also trained as a Clinical Pilates instructor, as well as in dry needling, so can utilise these techniques into her treatment regimes.

Jaime is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our CaloundraBuderim, Nambour and Sippy Downs locations.

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Julia Wilson -

Women's Health Physiotherapist

After graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Monash University, Julia was able to gain experience in Melbourne, Wales, and England before moving up to the Sunshine Coast. Through this time, Julia has developed a passion for treating Women’s Health conditions and has completed a range of courses in this area. In particular, Julia enjoys empowering women to better understand their bodies and teaching them how to do everything they love. She has experience treating a wide range of conditions including pre and postnatal conditions, prolapse, mastitis, incontinence, constipation, and pelvic pain.

In her spare time, Julia loves travelling, eating good food & learning to surf.

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Lucy Taylor -

Women's Health Physiotherapist

Lucy graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at the University of Queensland. She has since completed post-graduate studies in a range of women’s health conditions and is devoted to continuously expanding this skill set. Lucy can assist with questions and concerns related to pre and post-natal, incontinence, prolapse, pelvic floor muscle strengthening and relaxing, endometriosis, menopause, pelvic pain conditions and other bladder and bowel dysfunctions. She is very passionate about delivering you the latest research-based treatment and empowering you with the knowledge and exercises to achieve your goals.

Lucy is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Woolloongabba and Springfield locations.

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Haleh Faham -

Women's Health Physiotherapist

Haleh has over a decade of experience as a Physiotherapist having worked in private practice, community care and hospital settings. She has a special interest in Women’s Health, pelvic pain, and incontinence physiotherapy. She is able to manage a wide range of pelvic health conditions including:

– Bladder dysfunctions: Urgency, Nocturia, Incontinence,

– Bowel dysfunctions: Constipation, Obstructive disorders, Incontinence and Fissures

– Pelvic pain; Vaginismus, Vulvodynia, Endometriosis

– Prolapse management (including pessary fitting)

– Pregnancy and postnatal care, pregnancy pelvic pain and return to exercise.

Haleh also assists many patients suffering from lower back pain to reach their goals. She continues to have a keen interest in developing her knowledge and skills to enhance her treatment approach. She is actively involved in mentoring upcoming Women’s Health Physiotherapists in the Sports and Spinal group and is passionate about having a positive impact on a person’s overall health, happiness, and ability to live life to the fullest.

Outside of work, Haleh loves hiking, swimming, playing the keyboard and oil painting.

Haleh is also fluent in Persian.

Haleh is available for appointments at our Chermside clinic.

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Montana Waddington -

Women's Health Physiotherapist

Born and raised in Australia, Montana graduated from the University of Queensland with 1st Class Honours. Having completed her Physiotherapy degree, she went on to work in private sports and musculoskeletal practice. It was there that she further developed her knowledge and application of manual therapy and soft tissue release techniques. She also completed courses in Dry Needling and Western Acupuncture and conducted regular Mat Pilates sessions.

Montana returned from working in the UK at the end of 2019, where she gained invaluable experience in a private hospital and in private practice in central London. On the orthopaedic ward, Montana fostered her understanding of surgical procedures and protocols and developed key relationships with some of the world’s leading surgeons.

She also worked in the boutique health and fitness space combining hands-on treatment with Dynamic Reformer Pilates. She taught group classes and quickly established herself as a leading Pilates Clinician in the heart of London. Montana helped her previous company develop pre and postnatal care pathways and is always looking to extend her knowledge in this space. Her exercise prescription skills are a testament to the quality of training she received overseas.

Most recently Montana completed her Level 1 Women’s Pelvic Health course and is on track to complete Level 2 in 2022. She is enjoying seeing Women’s Health patients in the clinic and takes a weekly Pre/Postnatal Pilates class.

Being a keen runner, gym-goer, and cook, Montana loves promoting a healthy (but balanced) lifestyle. She enjoys working with patients from all walks of life, and utilising the talented team here at Sports and Spinal to help her clients achieve their goals.

Montana is one of our Lead Physiotherapists and is in a 2IC role. She is available for appointments at our North Lakes and Redcliffe clinics.

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Marina Melnikoff -

Women's Health Physiotherapist

Marina completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Australian Catholic University. She has completed post graduate studies in women’s health and can assist with concerns relating to pre and post-natal, incontinence, prolapse management, pelvic floor muscle training, menopause, and other bladder and bowel dysfunctions. 

 

Marina has an extensive sporting background in gymnastics, powerlifting and CrossFit. She also holds a Bachelor of Exercise Science with Honours, which assisted in developing her passion in musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation. Marina believes in taking a holistic approach to patient care and utilising exercise therapy throughout treatment to optimise outcomes and achieve patient goals.

Outside of work she can often be found at the beach, surfing or diving. She enjoys an active lifestyle outdoors that provides new and exciting challenges.

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Georgia Nierfeld

Women's Health/ General Physiotherapist

Georgia has graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). Throughout her clinical practice, she has gained experience in a variety of areas in such as cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, neurological rehabilitation and paediatrics.  

Georgia has a passion for physiotherapy and health care, which is driven by the pursuit to help her clients overcome their physical barriers and achieve their goals in an active and client-centred approach. She enjoys working together with the client in order to develop a treatment plan that suits their needs.  

As her career progresses Georgia is eager to continue to expand her knowledge in specialties areas such as Women’s Health and neurological rehabilitation. Outside of work Georgia enjoys playing social sport, such as Touch Football, going for bush works and spending time with family and friends. 

Georgia is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our North Lakes clinic.

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Lily Hayter -

Women's Health Physiotherapist

Lily grew up in Hervey Bay. After graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the Australian Catholic University, Lily couldn’t wait to get started working in the community she grew up in. With a growing interest in Women’s Health, Lily plans to continue her postgraduate studies in antenatal and postnatal care.

Lily enjoys empowering others during treatment so that clients can reach their goals and return to full potential. Exercise and post-operative care is also becoming of an increasing interest. When Lily is not in the clinic she can be found taking her dogs for a walk along the beach and sipping on a coffee.

Lily is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Hervey Bay clinic.

 

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Sophie Lewis -

Women's Health Exercise Physiologist

Sophie is passionate about Women’s Health throughout the lifespan! Sophie loves educating women about safe and effective exercise during and after pregnancy. She loves the excitement of working with pregnant women and watching new bubs grow in her Active Mums classes. Sophie also has experience in exercise prescription for Osteoporosis, Menopause, Diastasis Rectus, and PCOS. Sophie strives to be a positive role model and believes that exercise has the potential to improve all aspects of health including physical, mental and social health. She believes that exercise should be a fun and enjoyable part of everyday life so she will take time to educate you on the multiple benefits of a sustainable healthy lifestyle at any age!

Sophie is available for Women’s Health Exercise Physiology appointments at our Coolum location.

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Faith Cochrane -

Women's Health Exercise Physiologist

Faith is an Exercise Physiologist from Tasmania, graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast, who now considers the Sunshine Coast home.
Faith is motivated to optimise the quality of life for all that come to see her, ensuring sessions and programs address personal goals, current ability and lifestyles.
She has a passion for Women’s Health and movement analysis, looking at how you’re moving daily that has an impact on your musculoskeletal aches and pains.

During her time off Faith likes to mountain climb, mountain bike, play soccer and be down on the beach with her dog. Faith believes that motion is lotion so let’s get moving!

Faith is available for Women’s Health Exercise Physiology appointments at our Nambour clinic.

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Georgia White -

Women's Health Exercise Physiologist

Georgia graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Distinction) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Although Georgia is passionate in all fields of exercise physiology, she has a special interest in women’s health, oncology, neurological and paediatric rehabilitation.

Georgia has completed further professional development courses in Women’s Health, in particular, rehabilitation for POP (Pelvic Organ Prolapse), DRAM (diastasis recti), pre and post-natal, endometriosis and PCOS. She has also completed an array of professional development courses for Oncology Rehabilitation, focussing on safe prescription and implementation of exercise interventions during and post-treatment to address debilitating side effects of cancer (both during and post-treatment side effects) including post-cancer fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, atrophy, cachexia, body image concerns and many more.

She finds it immensely rewarding and takes pride in providing treatment to her patients, watching them progress with treatment, achieving goals and unlocking certain aspects of their rehabilitation they never thought they could. Georgia believes “Exercise is Medicine” and sees the importance of this with her patients as they feel empowered from the benefits of exercise interventions.

You’ll see Georgia sneaking a Tim Tam from the clinic fridge and blaring her questionable music choices. Outside of the clinic, Georgia loves playing the piano, live music and keeping fit and healthy in the gym.

Georgia is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Woolloongabba clinic.

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