Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

The role of the Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is to provide help with assessment and management of pelvic problems. Pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation will be part of the management plan. Caroline Bender is a pelvic floor physiotherapist and consults every week from Dr Marshall's rooms at Wattletree Specialist Consultancy Suites.

Physiotherapy and the Neotonus Pelvic Floor Chair

If you need the Neotonus Pelvic Floor chair, you will also need to learn how to activate your pelvic floor muscles for yourself in everyday life. This is to prevent the recurrence of your problems. Therefore it is recommended that anyone using the chair should, ideally, have a session with the Physiotherapist.

Otherwise what problems can Physiotherapy help with?

There are many! Below is a list of some of the problems where Physiotherapy has a role. Some terms are scientific, and some are not. Some terms are descriptive. You may not actually know the “proper” name for your problem. If in doubt, ask to speak to the Physiotherapist.

  • Bladder (urinary incontinence, urinary leakage, stress urinary incontinence, urge urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, urinary frequency, weak bladder, night time frequency, nocturia, difficulty emptying the bladder, post void residual, painful bladder syndrome, interstitial cystitis, bladder filling pain, bladder prolapse/anterior wall prolapse, incontinence related to prostate surgery in men).

  • Bowel (constipation, obstructed defecation, anal pain, anismus, prolapse, posterior wall prolapse, rectal prolapse, faecal incontinence, bowel weakness).

  • Pain in the pelvis /low back/hip region (pelvic girdle pain, pelvic instability, chronic low back and pelvic pain, unstable pelvis, pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain).

  • Painful intercourse problems in women (vulvodynia, vaginismus, overactive pelvic floor, sexual pain).

  • Perineal pain in men (prostatitis, pelvic pain, overactive pelvic floor, pudendal nerve entrapment, pudendal neuralgia).

  • Pregnancy related pelvic pain and pelvic floor problems, (pelvic girdle instability, unstable pelvis, urinary incontinence, prolapse).

Caroline also uses Real time Ultrasound as part of her standard physiotherapy practice so that you can see your muscles in action, learn quickly and visually see the muscles as they improve.

You do not need a referral to see the Physiotherapist. You may however be referred by Dr Marshall, and other specialists or your GP. An initial consultation takes one hour and follow ups are 30 or 45 minutes. A fee for service is required at time of consult. Private Health fund rebates apply. 

SOURCE: Caroline Bender, Physiotherapist – Peninsula Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Graduate Dip Phys, Grad Cert Clinical Physio Continence and Women’s Health

Caroline Bender is a Physiotherapist with a special interest in management of pelvic floor disorders.  She trained in London at the Middlesex Hospital School of Physiotherapy and completed postgraduate studies in management of pelvic floor disorders at Curtin University in W.A.