At Body Smart Health we are passionate about treating women at every stage of life. We have skilled professionals with extensive experience in treating a broad range of women’s health conditions including:
Pregnancy related Pelvic Girdle Pain and Musculoskeletal conditions
• Incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction
• Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
• Return to exercise postpartum
• Pre and post gynaecological surgery management
• Acute and chronic pelvic and lumbar spine pain
All women attending Body Smart Health will undertake an initial consultation with a specialised Exercise Physiologist or Physiotherapist. During this appointment, your clinician will discuss your condition and symptoms in a safe and comfortable environment in order to create a tailored treatment plan to manage your symptoms and achieve your goals. At Body Smart Health we have extensive knowledge on how the female body works and understand that no two women are the same. Our Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists work together to ensure that you are receiving the best possible tailored treatment for your specific symptoms and condition/s.
All Body Smart Health Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists have undertaken a minimum four-year university Bachelor’s degree. Our Physiotherapists are experts in diagnosing and treating a variety of sub-acute, acute and long-term health conditions. They are experienced in using evidence-based interventions based on your presentation with treatments always including advice and education, ensuring you understand what you are going through and why you may be experiencing certain symptoms. Your Physiotherapist may also recommend manual therapy as a part of your treatment plan to aid in reducing acute painful flares and/or muscle spasms. Treatment plans will usually include a home program to help you on your road to self-managing your condition!
Our Exercise Physiologists specialise in exercise design and delivery for a variety of sub-acute, acute and long-term health conditions. Our Exercise Physiologists are experienced in using a variety of evidence-based exercise modalities such as pilates, resistance training, and hydrotherapy, to achieve your individual goals.
Hear more from former Australian Diamonds Netball Captain, Laura Geitz on her experience of exercising during her pregnancies at Body Smart Health. Laura provides insight into how she is exercising safely under the guidance of an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, to keep her feeling on top of her game throughout the first and second trimesters of her pregnancy.
Exercise that is completed at the right intensity, for the correct duration and correct frequency can have a really positive impact on managing a woman’s health. A targeted exercise and movement program can be a safe and effective way of supporting your body during times of change or increasing demand, whether that be during pregnancy, managing chronic pelvic pain, pre- and post operatively or when going through the changes of menopause. Specific and tailored exercise programs can help you manage your symptoms and ensure you can continue to stay active during these times when women typically wouldn’t. Body Smart clinicians pride themselves in ensuring you are fully informed regarding the exercises you are safe to do or when modifications are necessary depending on your condition.
The female body goes through many changes during pregnancy and the postpartum period. The physical changes include but are not limited to pelvic floor weakening, abdominal muscle stretching and postural changes due to a change in weight distribution around the body. There is also an increase in musculoskeletal complaints such as lower and upper back and pelvic pain during pregnancy. However, the great news is movement and clinical exercise can help prevent, manage or treat all of these changes! Read more about pregnancy and how tailored exercise can help.
Targeted exercise, during all stages of the pre-during-post natal period, has many benefits and we are here to help tailor and design a program specific to you to ensure your body manages these changes with ease. We will also help guide you back to your desired activity level once your baby arrives!
Urinary incontinence is a largely treatable and preventable condition, affecting 1 in 4 Australians. Urinary incontinence is not considered a normal part of pregnancy or the ageing process, however most people who experience incontinence do not seek help.
Following an assessment with our Physiotherapists or Exercise Physiologists, a treatment plan will be created to help improve your incontinence. Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises and lifestyle changes have been shown to improve symptoms of incontinence at any age.
Remember – this is not something you have to put up with!
POP refers to the descending of any of the pelvic organs within the pelvis. This is usually due to stretching of the ligaments, muscles and fascia, which hold these organs within the pelvis. POP does not mean you cannot exercise. It means you would benefit from a detailed assessment from one of our Physiotherapists or Exercise Physiologists where we can create a tailored treatment program for you.
This program would include lots of education regarding POP and the strategies that can help alleviate symptoms, pelvic floor muscle training, breathwork and diaphragmatic control and full body strengthening.
Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. Symptoms include dysmenorrhea (painful periods), dyspareunia (painful intercourse), and chronic pelvic or abdominal pain. It can be an extremely debilitating and lonely disease for some.
So, how can our Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists help? Regular physical exercise can have protective effects against diseases that involve inflammatory processes such as endometriosis. Exercise for endometriosis is prescribed to assist with symptom management rather than treatment for the condition itself. Exercise such as pilates, breathwork, gluteal and abdominal stretching can be fantastic for symptom management of abdominal, lower back and pelvic pain.
The team at Body Smart Health are ready to help you today. Call us on 1300 630 204 or complete the form below, and one of our friendly staff will be in touch shortly.