A woman’s body will experience change and it can be difficult to know how to best help your body recover from pregnancy and birth.
We have staff with interests and qualifications in women’s health at our Weston, Woolley St, Cowper St, Bruce and Barton clinics. You can see who works in women’s health on our Staff page.
Our Weston clinic is quickly becoming our hub for women’s health, with qualified Physiotherapists who have interests and qualifications in women’s health and pelvic health. The clinic offers a variety of women’s health services to assist women with the changes that their bodies experience during pregnancy, after childbirth, and during menopause, including 6-week postnatal checks and free information sessions for new and expecting mothers.
What is involved in a women’s health assessment?
A women’s health assessment includes detailed questions about your pelvic floor history and may also include an internal vaginal examination. The assessment helps identify issues and informs what your treatment plan should be. In the internal examination, we will test for weakness, tightness or change to your pelvic floor muscles, check your sensation and nerve function, and assess for prolapse of your pelvic organs. This examination is only conducted by a fully qualified Women’s Health Physiotherapist in the privacy of one of our clinic rooms.
Free information sessions for expecting mothers at Weston
It’s important to look after your body during pregnancy and after childbirth. Our Weston clinic hosts free information sessions every second month for new and expecting mothers, led by our Women’s Health Physiotherapists Tabitha and Amara. In these sessions we discuss how physiotherapy can help with:
- Pregnancy: pelvic girdle pain, rib pain, safe exercise, perineal massage, and birth preparation.
- Postnatal: 6-week check, pelvic organ prolapse, mastitis, rectus diastasis examination.
- Pelvic Pain: sexual dysfunction, endometriosis, pudendal neuralgia.
Postnatal six-week check
After having a baby, it can be tricky to know how to best help your body recover. The Weston clinic offers a six-week postnatal check with a Women’s Health Physiotherapist. This consult can include:
- Setting recovery goals.
- Assessing abdominal separation, pelvic alignment and more.
- Advice on early mastitis care.
- Internal vaginal examination to check pelvic floor muscle control, scar tissue and more.
- Education, treatment, and home exercises tailored for you.
- Safe return to exercise and activities.
- Teaching safe baby handling and feeding postures.
- Strategies to help pain, abdominal separation and more.
- Rectus diastasis examination.
Book an appointment
Are you interested in seeing one of our qualified physiotherapists who specialise in women’s health? Find out more about Tabitha and Amara, who both work at the Weston clinic, below.
Tabitha is a physiotherapist with a wealth of experience in private practice, hospitals, and aged care facilities, specialising in women’s health and pelvic health physiotherapy. She is experienced and deeply passionate about this field of practice, including:
- The management of chronic pelvic pain (especially endometriosis and sexual pain).
- Bladder and bowel incontinence.
- Prolapse (including pessary fittings).
- Postnatal physiotherapy.
Most importantly, she believes in collaboration with her patients, taking their experiences and needs into account, treating all people with dignity and respect; and empowering them to be active and engaged in the management of their health and wellbeing.
Amara attained her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, majoring in Exercise Physiology, before completing her Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland. She has an active interest in women’s health, in particular everything related to the pelvic floor.
Amara can help you use exercise to correct postural and strengthening imbalances, and she has a special interest in the benefits of regular stretching to improve mobility.