Physiotherapy Gift Vouchers
Give a Unique Gift For Better Pelvic Health
To purchase a voucher, visit our clinic or contact us online.
6 Week Pelvic Floor & Abdominal Check
Once-off Birth Preparation Class
Time to improve your own pelvic floor fitness before you start lifting and minding the next generation
Happy 50th Birthday
You can see what is happening to your face, give some thought to looking after the connective tissue holding your vagina up! Get your pelvic floor checked before/at menopause!
Get your pelvic floor checked before you say goodbye to your uterus.
Birth Preparation Gift Voucher
Perfect Baby Shower Gift or Baby Gift Hamper Inclusion
This is an individualised one hour 1:1 session with a pelvic health physiotherapist. We can perform a pelvic floor muscle assessment at any time after 12 weeks (or an external pelvic assessment at any time at all), and target our advice and intervention to the area of most concern.
Some ideas of how this voucher can be used:
The voucher can be used to give proper and accurate advice about pelvic floor muscle awareness and strengthening or relaxation, or both. Proper supervised pelvic floor muscle training would be useful for women who are experiencing urinary leakage, bladder urgency, vaginal heaviness, or prolapse, or who have been coughing, vomiting, or who need to lift a lot during their pregnancy. Pelvic floor muscle relaxation and range of movement training may be a better option if there is pubic pain or bladder urgency.
The voucher can be used for an assessment and treatment of pelvic girdle pain. In the absence of pain, it can be used for an assessment of hip, pelvic and low back mobility to allow more options and freedom of movement during labour.
It can be used for a relaxing 1-hour massage and postural, stretching and strengthening advice if needed.
Towards the end of pregnancy, from 30 weeks onwards, the voucher can be used for an assessment of pelvic floor muscle flexibility. We know that a supple pelvic floor is less likely to tear. We can use techniques to help prepare the internal pelvic floor muscles and the perineum for the pushing phase of labour and teach them to the birthing woman or partner.
You may have read about perineal massage. We can check technique and/or advise whether a childbirth trainer such as the epi-no would be helpful.
We can also discuss breathing, visualisation and relaxation techniques for natural pain relief during labour and delivery.
Gift Voucher for 6 Week Pelvic Floor & Abdominal Check
Unique Baby Shower Gift Idea or Baby Shower Hamper Inclusion
We strongly believe that every birthing woman should have the opportunity to consult a pelvic health physiotherapist to get individualised advice on the best way to recover after birth, whether the delivery was vaginal or by caesarean.
The best time for this assessment is around 6 weeks after birth, but it can be done sooner if there is significant pain, leakage, distress, or disability.
It is usually the case that a GP or midwife will not have the time or the skills to do a pelvic floor or musculoskeletal examination, and by the time symptoms develop, a woman will have been discharged from postpartum care. As hard as it might be to leave the house at 6 weeks postpartum, it is likely to get harder once a baby isn’t quite so new-born and sleepy!
A pelvic floor assessment will determine whether there have been any injuries to the supportive muscle or fascia, and, if there have, how to best care for the injury. For example, one particular injury that occurs to the pelvic floor muscles in about 20% of vaginal deliveries can be painless and invisible, but can quadruple the likelihood of developing a prolapse of the womb if the body is loaded incorrectly and too soon, and without proper pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation.
We will assess the tummy muscles for a gap and see what is the best strategy to use for transferring loads. We will advise on any braces, devices or equipment that may speed the recovery, and whether any modifications need to be made to activity or exercise routines.
New Grandma Pelvic Floor Refresh
Is not just the new mum who needs a pelvic floor assessment!
Any grandma or grandma-to-be who is planning to be heavily involved in caring for the next generation needs to care for herself first!
In the business of life, pelvic health is often forgotten about or is left a s something to do ‘later’, and strength can gradually decline without you realising. The connective tissue of the pelvis will have lost some of its tensile strength from a combination of ageing, deconditioning, and hormonal decline.
In clinic, we see many women who develop bladder control problems or prolapse (or hip or back problems) after a few years of minding the next generation. The extra bending, crouching, lifting, pushing and straining can take its toll when you have lost strength and fitness generally. Lifting children in and out of car-seats, picking up toddlers from the floor or on and off a potty or toilet seat, struggling with capsules and prams and high chairs can cause forces which often become too much for the pelvic floor to bear.
If you are a new mum, look after your mum! Say thankyou for all she has done for you (or is about to do for you!) by prompting her to look after her pelvic floor too!
Happy 50th Birthday Gift Voucher
A pelvic floor check makes for an unusual and useful 50th birthday present!
Consider this: The average age for menopause in Australian women is 51yrs. Which means that many women aged 51 have not had a menstrual bleed for close to 12 months.
The reduction in hormones can cause reduced blood supply to some of the pelvic tissues and can result in weakness of the pelvic connective tissue and muscles. Then there is the deconditioning that comes when you haven’t had time to exercise for quite some
years. Add in a few chronic illnesses, a bit of intermittent constipation, some pelvic surgery, perhaps a hysterectomy, a couple of extra kilos, and the pelvic floor starts to take a hammering.
Turning 50 is a milestone for most women- a release from the responsibilities of childrearing and, if you are healthy, the start of a new and exciting phase of life. Sadly, in clinic, we see a lot of women in their 50’s and 60’s who are starting to experience pelvic floor symptoms such as urgency, incontinence, heaviness or prolapse. We see women whose pelvic floor symptoms have taken away some of that freedom and joy.
We often wonder,
– what if she had had a pelvic floor assessment before she started minding her grandchildren?
– what if she had a pelvic floor assessment before she got that cough?
– what if she had had a pelvic floor assessment before she took up circuit classes at the gym?
– what if she had realised how weak her pelvic floor muscles were before she lifted that pot plant or strained to do that bowel movement?
We are big believers in prevention. When it comes to pelvic health, or any kind of musculoskeletal health, prevention is much more time and cost efficient than cure. Prolapse, in particular, can be hard to cure when severe, as even surgery has a significant failure rate.
Having a pelvic floor check for your 50th birthday might be just the wake-up call you need. Buy one for yourself, or buy one for your girlfriend. Then, if you are game, compare pelvic floors over your next coffee meetup. There is sure to be plenty to talk, learn and laugh about! #breakthestigma
Happy Hysterectomy Gift Voucher
Know someone who is about to have a hysterectomy?
You could offer to cook them some meals for their freezer, you could offer to do their washing and housework while they recover, or you could buy them a pre-operative (or even post-operative) pelvic floor check.
They will learn how to move without overloading the wound, they will learn good bladder and bowel habits, they will know how to use their pelvic floor and abdominal muscles correctly for the fastest and safest recovery. We will explain the best way to get back to activity and exercise if that is their goal.
We believe a pelvic health assessment is especially important if the surgery is being done for pelvic organ prolapse, if she has a mother or sister who had pelvic floor issues, or if she has had years of chronic pelvic pain.
There is a risk of developing prolapse, incontinence, or sexual dysfunction after hysterectomy, and we believe our interventions can support the work of your surgeon and reduce the chance of new or ongoing symptoms.
'Body Back' Classes - Early Postpartum Exercise
This series of 6 classes is suitable for women who are wanting to fast-track their recovery and get back to mainstream exercise as soon as possible.
Suitable from 3 -12 weeks postpartum
What we include:
– Gentle core activation and reconnection exercises (pelvic floor and abdominals)
– Postural correction and activation of all the muscles you will need to avoid back strain with your new mum activities
** an individual pelvic floor assessment is included and must be done before your first exercise class
Not currently available. Contact us for more information on 47211 723.
Birth Preparation Class
Not currently available. Contact us for more information on 4721 1723.