Women’s Health Physiotherapy
Women’s health physiotherapists are specialist physiotherapists whose expertise is focused on the female pelvic floor and pelvic organs. They can assess symptoms relating to the female pelvic region, and then work with patients to manage these, alleviate pain, and improve function. A women’s health physiotherapist is critical to any patient’s management of endometriosis symptoms. These may include:
- Pain in the pelvic region
- Painful intercourse
- Various bladder disorders, such as increased urinary frequency, urinary urgency or incontinence, and bladder pain
- Certain bowel disorders, such as constipation, irritable bowel symptoms, and painful bowel movements
- Endometriosis-related fatigue and poor exercise tolerance
At OMNI we refer all patients scheduled for endometriosis surgery to a women’s health physiotherapist before the surgery. The practical advice recommended by your women’s health physiotherapist is a crucial part of improving your outcomes in the post-operative period. It will include guidance on minimising pain, managing your symptoms, and adjusting your activities.
Management of pain
One of the primary benefits of physiotherapy for women with endometriosis is pain management. The women’s health physiotherapists at OMNI are highly skilled in pain management techniques that incorporate manual and TENs therapy, breathwork and exercise programs tailored to each patient. These techniques are always introduced as supportive treatment to any pharmaceutical pain management interventions.
Pelvic floor dysfunction and pain
Pelvic floor dysfunction in the form of tight pelvic floor muscles with associative pain is common in women with endometriosis. Tight pelvic floor muscles can be the cause of–and the result of–pelvic pain. OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care’s physiotherapists have completed specialised training that allows them to assess and manage pelvic floor disorders. Part of this involves teaching our patients techniques to relax the pelvic floor, thereby improving pelvic floor function.
A common complaint reported by women with endometriosis is pain with intercourse (dyspareunia). The cause of this can be anything from psychosocial factors influencing your libido, the location of endometriosis lesions, or pelvic floor muscles that are too tight. OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care’s women’s health physiotherapist can help with assessing the causes of your symptoms before recommending strategies for managing them.
Bladder and bowel symptoms
Most women with endometriosis also experience various bladder symptoms such as increased urinary frequency, urinary urgency or incontinence, and bladder pain. These can often be experienced in conjunction with bowel complaints that include frequent constipation, irritable bowel symptoms, and painful bowel movements. Our women’s health physiotherapists can address the cause of your bladder or bowel complaints, providing you with relevant advice to improve your bladder or bowel function.
Fatigue and poor exercise tolerance
It is not uncommon for women with endometriosis to experience heightened levels of pain and fatigue following an increase in physical activity or exercise. Since some exercise can improve certain symptoms of endometriosis, it is important to follow a tailored exercise program. Our physiotherapists can help you stay active by identifying movements that are beneficial to your symptoms and those that you should avoid. They will then create a custom exercise and physical activity regimen you can follow.