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What is pelvic health physiotherapy?

Pelvic health physiotherapy involves treatment for women and men with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. For women this includes those with bladder and bowel problems, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction, pregnancy and postnatal care, and postoperative rehabilitation. For men, we are able to help with bladder and bowel problems, pelvic pain, post prostatectomy rehabilitation and erectile dysfunction.

We also help with pregnancy and postnatal recovery including back and abdominal care, postural advice, safe return to exercise, and general rehabilitation.


What can I expect at my first appointment if I have pelvic floor problems?

Most people are not quite sure what to expect from their first pelvic health physio appointment, and it is normal to feel a bit nervous.

We start with a thorough assessment. This involves a discussion about what your concerns are and the impact this is having on you. We will ask questions about all aspects of pelvic health (including bladder and bowel health, sexual function and pain) to ensure we get the full picture. There may be things we can help with that you didn’t think to mention.

We know it can be quite difficult to talk about some of these sensitive issues, however we are used to doing this and all staff are trained to help you feel at ease. 

Once we have finished the discussion we use diagrams and models to help educate you about what we think is happening and explain how we do a physical assessment. This may include a vaginal or rectal exam. We get a lot of information by doing an internal examination however it is not necessary if you decide you are not comfortable to have one. 

Once we have made a diagnosis, we will provide a treatment programme tailored specifically to your needs. It may include pelvic floor strengthening or relaxation, and other self-help techniques, depending on what we find. There will also be advice on lifestyle modifications to help protect your pelvic floor, including information on appropriate pelvic floor safe exercise. We have a range of biofeedback, TENS and electrical stimulation equipment available for use if required.

We are also highly experienced in the treatment of pelvic pain, and can help you with pain education and self-management strategies.

How do I make an appointment?

You can call our receptionist on 04 802 4225 or email us

Are all physiotherapists able to help with pelvic floor problems?

No. Our staff have spent a lot of time doing extra training in pelvic floor dysfunction and are experts in their field. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience, so you can be sure you are receiving the highest quality of care.

How are you caring for people at alert Level 4?

Currently all our appointments during lockdown are being conducted via Telehealth. Click here for more information. 

Once we are back at level 2 we will be able to see people in person again – and rest assured we will be doing all we possibly can to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and stamp it out in New Zealand. 

This includes:
–  Screening for symptoms
–  Physical distancing
–  Infection prevention measures

For more information about Level 2, click here

Where can I park?

There is plenty of parking around us – most of our patients are able to find a park on the street outside. There are also a number of carparks nearby, including Taranaki St Parking (Hope Gibbons building), Te Papa carpark and Reading Wakefield.
We are also very close to many major bus routes – we are located near the corner of Taranaki St and Courtenay Pl.

Can I bring my children?
Some people prefer not to have the distraction of children, especially at the first appointment. We understand that there are times when you need to bring them in. We do not provide child care, however you are welcome to have your baby / infant in a buggy or pram in the room. Older children are welcome to sit quietly in the corner of the room or in our reception area.
What should I wear?
Please just wear your normal daily clothing to your first appointment.
How long is the appointment?
The first session is an hour so that we have time for a full consultation and assessment, and education on what your particular problem is. There is time left to begin treatment. We will also give advice on your home exercise programme and other self help measures.
The follow-up appointments are half an hour. (Occasionally we may recommend a one-off one-hour follow-up session if we think it would be more beneficial for you)
How many sessions will I need?
Many women will only require two or three sessions, spread over a few months. After your first consultation we will discuss your treatment plan with you and will be able to advise you on expected timeframes.
It is our goal to teach you strategies for self-management, so that you are not reliant on coming in to us every week for treatment.
What if I have my period?
This is not a problem.