Southcare Lifecare Physiotherapy - Women's Health Physiotherapy Service

Southcare Lifecare Physiotherapy - Women's Health Physiotherapy Service

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Posted 2024-05-20 by Vanessafollow

Women’s Health Physiotherapy services for all ages and stages of life

Suite 4 St John of God Medical Clinic, 100 Murdoch Drive

Murdoch, Western Australia 6150

For over 20 years, Southcare has provided physiotherapy services to St John of God Murdoch Hospital since it first opened in 1994.

Practice Principal Tony Cacho leads a highly experienced and dedicated team of health professionals to offer a wide range of services including physiotherapy, post-operative rehabilitation, continence and pelvic health physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and Clinical Pilates classes.

Importantly, Southcare Lifecare Physiotherapy caters for everyone, no matter what age or stage of life they are at.

While pelvic floor issues such as incontinence are common, there is lots of evidence for how pelvic floor physiotherapy can help to completely resolve incontinence (in some cases within 3 months), so don’t put up with it!

Risk factors for pelvic floor weakness that contribute to pelvic floor weakness (please delete ‘the following problems’) include:
  • Pregnancy (it doesn’t matter if you had a C-section or vaginal birth!)
  • Giving birth to a baby over 4kgs
  • Repetitive straining (constipation issues/straining on the toilet, repetitive heavy lifting, repetitive straining from high-level core exercise)
  • Being overweight
  • Complicated vaginal birth (using forceps, or having sustained a tear or episiotomy, or a quick pushing phase under 10 minutes, or a long pushing phase over 1.5-2hours)
  • Available Services:

  • Continence and Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

  • The dedicated women’s health physiotherapists can help with assessing pelvic floor muscles to ensure you have the correct technique and prescribe an individualised pelvic floor exercise program that is suited to you.

    A range of issues can be treated including incontinence, bladder and bowel issues, prolapse, pelvic pain, rectus abdominus diastasis (abdominal separation), pregnancy/postnatal aches and pains, breastfeeding issues (such as nipple pain & blocked ducts/mastitis), haemorrhoids and perineum pain.

    6 week Postnatal Check - What to Expect:
    A 6-week postnatal check is highly recommended for every woman who has given birth, whether via c-section or a vaginal birth.

    As part of the check we assess pelvic floor to check that your technique is correct - research shows that 50% of women who are told verbally to do pelvic floor are actually doing it incorrectly, which can worsen problems. We then prescribe an individual pelvic floor program to suit you, which is progressed to help you reach your goals.

    We check the rectus abdominus diastasis (RAD)/abdominal separation to ensure it is on track to closing appropriately and offer guidance and prescribe rehab exercises if it is not healing as expected.

    We check your bladder and bowels are recovering and functioning as expected.

    We check what your long-term exercise goals are, and make a plan to slowly and safely help you return to your exercise goals, whatever level that may be.

  • Pregnancy Hydrotherapy Classes

  • Southcare Lifecare Physiotherapy currently offers Pregnancy Hydrotherapy Classes on Mondays at 6 pm, or you can join in with the postnatal class on Tuesday at 11 am or Thurs at 11 am.

    With exclusive use of a 34-degree hydrotherapy pool, this pregnancy-safe exercise class targets cardiovascular fitness (at a safe level), upper and lower body strengthening, stretching, pelvic floor and core exercise, and relaxation. It is private health rebateable and the first class is free!

    Mums & Bubs Hydrotherapy Classes

    Held on Tuesdays at 11 am and Thursdays at 11 am in the exclusive use 34-degree hydrotherapy pool, this class includes a 20-minute mums and bubs nursery rhymes session which is great for baby neck strength development and bonding. There is a feeding break to re-settle babies and baby-cuddling volunteers are available to care for babies poolside.

    Mums then do a fun 45-minute hydrotherapy exercise class with a women’s health physio, targeting cardiovascular fitness, upper and lower body strength, pelvic floor/core strength, and stretching. All classes are private health rebateable, and the first class is free!

  • Clinical Pilates

  • These physiotherapist-led Clinical exercise (Pilates) classes are individualised for each client, depending on their presentation and goals. Includes use of Clinical Pilates studio with Reformer machines, Caddi, Wundachair, Spine corrector, functional exercise, and mat and a maximum of 3 people per class ensures close supervision.

    Choose from morning and afternoon/evening classes or any time for a 1 on 1 session with a women’s health physiotherapist. All classes or 1 on 1 sessions are private health rebateable!

  • Southcare Pregnancy/Labour Preparation

  • As the provider of pregnancy and postnatal services to St John of God Murdoch, Southcare Physiotherapy runs active labour workshops, which supplement the preparation for labour classes run by the midwives. You do not need to be a patient at St John of God Murdoch to access these classes - all are welcome to participate.

    Southcare Physiotherapy also has several MamaTENS machines that provide pain control during labour available for hire.

  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy for Pregnancy and Postnatal Pain:

  • Our women’s health physio team are specially trained in the management of musculoskeletal pain in the antenatal and postnatal periods. They can assess and treat a range of conditions, including pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain, lower back pain, sciatica, mid back pain, neck pain, upper limb pain, wrist pain/carpal tunnel, lower limb pain, feet pain, hypermobility/Ehlers Danlos and more.

  • Paediatric Physiotherapy

  • Paediatric Physiotherapists are specialised physiotherapists who focus on paediatric and adolescent development and injury management. They can assist with torticollis/neck issues, plagiocephaly/flat head, Positional Tallipes/club foot, and developmental issues.

    Discover the full range of services at

    If you have a question, contact 08 6332 6666 or email [email protected]

    Follow Southcare at @southcarephysiotherapy on Facebook.

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