The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre now has a Physiotherapist specialising in Continence and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation. Courtney Weybury is completing the post graduate course at The University of Melbourne to help treat both Women’s and Men’s health conditions.
Incontinence affects the lives of almost 5 million Australians. After childbirth 1 in 3 women have urinary incontinence and 1 in 2 have some degree of pelvic organ prolapse. Urinary incontinence can be stress, frequency, urge or mixed. The prevalence of urinary incontinence increases with age and is most commonly caused by a weakened pelvic floor due to pregnancy, menopause, obesity and other conditions such as constipation and chronic cough. Incontinence is common in men post prostate surgery.
The pelvic floor muscles are important to support your pelvic organs (bladder, uterus and bowel) and to maintain bladder and bowel continence. The pelvic floor muscles are also important for sexual function and work in conjunction with the abdominal muscles to support and stabilise the spine.
When returning to sport and exercise post baby, it is important to consider what type of exercise you do initially and how quickly you go back to high impact sport and exercise. It is important to make sure your pelvic floor and stomach muscles are strong enough to support your spine and pelvis and to be able sustain the stresses from exercise by supporting the pelvic floor organs.
Incontinence can be treated and managed with pelvic floor muscle training and lifestyle modifications. Women’s health physiotherapy is a highly evidence based, specialised field of physiotherapy that can help treat incontinence, pregnancy related conditions, pelvic pain and dysfunction and post prostate surgery.
If you have any questions regarding incontinence, pre and post natal conditions, pelvic pain or dysfunction or returning to sport, arrange an appointment with Courntey by phoning 9650 9372 or book online.