Women's Health and Wellness Services
Women’s health practitioners help women manage a wide range of conditions across the life stages for optimal physical and emotional well-being.
With a focus on care during the child bearing years and beyond, we can help you manage common discomforts and hormonal fluxuations, allowing you to keep active, retain intimacy and enjoy life.
Prenatal, Antenatal and Postnatal Care:
Pelvic pain, neck and lower back pain, wrist and thumb pain as well as bladder, pelvic organ and breastfeeding related problems are common challenges during this time.
Many bladder and bowel problems, particularly during pregnancy, can be caused by weak pelvic floor muscles. If you have pelvic floor weakness you may;
- leak urine when you cough, sneeze or run
- be unable to control your wind or leak after emptying your bowel
- feel an urgent need to empty your bladder or bowel
- have difficulty emptying your bowel
- feel heaviness or bulging in your vagina. This is called a pelvic organ prolapse.
Pelvic floor muscles work as a sling to support and help control the pelvic organs and have a role to play in sexual function. Weakness of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles during pregnancy and post-natally are common and can persist if not addressed.
Pelvic surgery including prostate surgery in men, menopause, being overweight and constipation and straining also negatively impact on pelvic floor health.
Specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapists can help you manage bladder and bowel symptoms, prolapse and pelvic pain through an individualised approach to pelvic floor rehabilitation.
We also take a wider look at lifestyle factors and ensure close supervision for best results.
Hormone Balance During the Childbearing Years and Beyond:
Naturopathic medicine incoporates herbal, nutritional and lifestyle medicine to help support your body's natural processes. This can be particularly beneficial when experiencing the effects of imbalance that can manifest with hormonal 'symptoms' such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), an irregular menstrual cycle or mood swings that get worst prior to your period.
As you enter perimenopause, any changes in mood, increasing stress levels or sleep disturbances can respond well to natuopathic support.
Preconception care is important to optimise your's and your partners health prior to conception. This includes optimising your nutritional status, reducing toxin load, and carrying out a comprehenisive detox approximately 6 months prior to conceiving where possible. If you would like advice on optimising both yours and your partners preconception health prior to starting a family or having your next child - contact the clinic for an appointment with the naturopath.
Supporting your health during pregnancy can also be achieved using naturopathic nutrition and probiotic therapy, for example to support a healthy immune system, even during times when some herbal medicines may not be recommended.
Herbal and nutritional medicine provided by a naturopath can be used postnatally to help enhance energy levels, balance mood, promote sleep, and support milk production.
Supporting pelvic floor muscles following birth can be achieved using specific pilates exercises.