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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 Women’s Health Physiotherapist’s 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

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.

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 Physiologists 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 postnatal ‘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.

OUR TEAM

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Emily Abbott

Women's Health Physiotherapist

Emily graduated from Curtin University in Western Australia in 2018 with First Class Honours in Physiotherapy. She then spent several years in a public hospital in Tasmania, where she worked across a large variety of areas, including medical, surgical, orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation, maternity, paediatrics, musculoskeletal and intensive care. She also has experience in the private hospital sector and aged care.

It was in her years in Tasmania that she developed a passion for Women’s and Men’s PelvicHealth after her work across maternity wards, outpatient pregnancy-related musculoskeletal pain and post urogynaecological and prostatectomy surgeries.

She has since gone on to complete several postgraduate courses in Pelvic Health and is soon to finish completing her postgraduate studies in Pelvic Health at the University of Melbourne.

Emily can treat and assist in pre and post-natal management, prolapse, urinary incontinence, bladder concerns and rehabilitation support for urogynaecological surgeries.

Emily’s passion is to partner with women to create and facilitate holistic health, well-being and empowerment.

Outside of work, you can find Emily spending time with friends, curled up in a sunny corner with a good book, exercising and playing a sport, and exploring the great outdoors – hiking, swimming, playing in waterfalls… discovering all that this WA girl can in her new home on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

Emily is available for Women’s Health Physiotherapy appointments at our Maroochydore, Sippy Downs, Buderim and Nambour locations.

Lauren Cameron

Women's Health & General Physiotherapist

Lauren, born in New Zealand and raised on the Sunshine Coast graduated from Central Queensland University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). Prior to Physiotherapy, Lauren worked as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer for several years.  Lauren is passionate about physical activity and empowering people to recover through optimal movement.  Lauren thoroughly enjoys working with and supporting patients to achieve their goals.

Lauren is interested in all aspects of women’s health, specifically, antenatal and postnatal urinary incontinence, musculoskeletal concerns and exercise modifications throughout pregnancy and post-partum.

Outside of work Lauren enjoys spending time with her little family, CrossFit and relaxing at the beach with a good book.

Lauren is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum clinic.

Ashley Vincent

Women's Health/ General Physiotherapist

Ashley completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Australian Catholic University and has since spent over 5 years working in private practices across Brisbane, rural NSW and recently returned home to the Sunshine Coast.
Ashley has experience treating an array of musculoskeletal conditions, including low back pain, post-operative rehabilitation, acute sporting injuries and dance injuries, given her 16-year competitive dance background.
Ashley has training in western acupuncture and dry needling, sports physiotherapy and all forms of pilates.
She has also completed post-graduate training in Women’s Health Physiotherapy enabling her to treat various pelvic floor conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence and all things pre and postnatal. She has a passion for helping women achieve a healthy and happy quality of life.
Ashley is enthusiastic about providing a holistic approach to patient-centred care and providing tailored, evidence-based exercise programs to create long term management for her patients.

Ashley is available for Physiotherapy and Women’s Health appointments at our Kawana and Nambour clinic.

Claire Stutchbury

Women's Health/ General Physiotherapist

Claire has completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra and enjoys working with patients to achieve their goals. Since graduating, she has worked in practice treating a variety of problems. Her treatment techniques include dry needling, massage/manual therapy, exercise prescription, and education. Claire is passionate about furthering her knowledge to improve patient care and has a keen interest in Women’s Health. Claire can currently treat pre-and post-natal musculoskeletal pain, bladder incontinence, return to exercise/class screening (including internal assessments). Outside the clinic, Claire enjoys hiking, open water swimming, and travelling.

Claire is available for Physiotherapy and Women’s Health appointments at our Springfield location.

Georgia Nierfeld

Women's Health/ General Physiotherapist

Georgia has graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). She has gained experience in various areas throughout her clinical practice, such as cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, neurological rehabilitation, and paediatrics. As her career progresses, Georgia has currently completed her Level 1 in Women’s Health Physiotherapy, enabling her to help women with a variety of pelvic floor conditions, such as incontinence and pre and postnatal.

Georgia has a passion for physiotherapy and health care, 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 to develop a treatment plan that suits their needs.

Outside of work, Georgia enjoys participating in gym classes, going for bush works, volunteering for Bush care and spending time with friends and family.

Georgia is available for Physiotherapy and Women’s Health appointments at our North Lakes clinic.

Holly Ryan

Women's Health/ General Physiotherapist

Holly graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from James Cook University in Townsville. Holly has always had a passion for all things relating to exercise, physical activity and well-being, with her favourite sport being hockey, for which she made the Queensland team. Given her personal experience with the devastation that ACL injuries can have on young sporting people, she is interested in running ACL injury prevention programs and younger athlete development programs in the future.

In addition, Holly has a special interest in Women’s Health physiotherapy, having completed further training to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of incontinence, and pre and post-natal pelvic floor conditions.
Holly has a positive, encouraging and methodical approach to treatment, and has a passion for working collaboratively with patients to achieve their individual rehabilitation goals and provide them with the tools and knowledge to assist them in returning to the activities they love.

Holly is available for Physiotherapy and Women’s Health appointments at our Caloundra clinic.

Prue Barker

Women's Health, Pelvic & Lower Back Physiotherapist

Prue graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) from the University of Queensland. Prue has completed post-graduate training in Women’s Health conditions including pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, pregnancy-related pain and pain with intercourse. Prue’s additional preferred areas to treat include low back pain and lateral hip discomfort.
Prue is passionate about getting people back to doing what they love through developing thorough individualised treatment plans. She combines hands-on treatment with tailored exercise to ensure each of her patients leave her sessions feeling empowered and able to conquer their pain. Prue is a qualified Pilates instructor and runs regular classes at our Chermside location. One of Prue’s strengths as a clinician is using easy-to-understand language to explain complex anatomical terms. She consistently receives raving reviews from her patients.

Outside of work, Prue enjoys the outdoors and many sports, particularly swimming and running.

Prue is available for Physiotherapy and Women’s Health appointments at our Chermside clinic.

Lily Hayter

Women's Health/ General Physiotherapist

Lily grew up in Hervey Bay. After graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the Australian Catholic University, Lily couldn’t wait to start 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 their full potential. Exercise and post-operative care are also becoming of 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.

 

Marina Melnikoff

Women's Health/ General Physiotherapist

Marina completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Australian Catholic University. She has completed post-graduate studies in women’s health. She 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 for 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.

Marina is available for Physiotherapy and Women’s Health appointments at our Broadbeach clinic.

Montana Waddington

Women's Health/ General 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 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 Physiotherapy and Women’s Health appointments at our North Lakes and Redcliffe clinics.

Lucy Taylor

Women’s Health & Musculoskeletal 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 clinic.

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Prue works as a Women's Health physio at our Chermside Sports & Spinal Practice. Prue is passionate about getting people back to doing what they love. Her treatment plans combine hands-on treatment with tailored exercise programs.⁠
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Prue is a qualified Pilates instructor and has completed additional coursework in lateral hip pain. Her most preferred areas to treat include the lower back, hip and pre and post-natal conditions. Prue is currently completing her Women’s Health Physiotherapy training to complement her current skillset.⁠
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Ash is one of our amazing Women's Health Physios based on the Sunshine Coast. Ash currently has the capacity for appointments at our Kawana clinic so if you require assistance with⁠
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