EAST Grampians Health Service physiotherapist Caroline Hamilton has completed her postgraduate qualification in pelvic floor physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne.
Pelvic floor physiotherapists can assess pelvic floor function and tailor individual exercise programs.
Ms Hamilton said active pelvic floor muscles were important to women and, if poorly controlled, could lead to prolapse and loss of bladder and bowel control.
“This group of muscles can be weakened by childbirth, heavy lifting, surgery, being overweight, constipation or menopause,” she said.
“For some women, their pelvic floor muscles may be overactive, that is, they can switch on involuntarily when they should be relaxing. These women need to learn to release their pelvic floor muscles.”
The health service’s auxiliary has purchased a real time ultrasound scan machine for use in the physiotherapy and exercise physiology department.
She said people could make an appointment by phoning 5352 9327 and people could seek a referral from their doctor or self-refer.