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Bladder and Bowel Issues. Prolapse. Pain.

Treatment

Bladder

Bladder

  • Leakage-during life or during sport
  • Urgency-rushing to the toilet
  • Urge urinary incontinence-leaking on the way to the toilet
  • Stress urinary incontinence-leaking urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or lift things
  • Nocturia-getting up to urinate more than once a night
  • Frequency-going many times a day
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder
  • Over active bladder

Bowel

Bowel

  • Bowel urgency-having to rush to the toilet or being afraid you won’t make it
  • Incontinence-leaking from your bowel-small or large amounts
  • Chronic constipation
  • Difficulty emptying your bowel
  • Irritable bowel
  • Bloating / gas and abdominal discomfort
  • Difficulty controlling wind
  • Frequency-going many times a day

Pain

Pain

  • Sexual Pain-pain with sex, vaginismus, vulvodynia, clitoral pain, sexual difficulty after cancer and pudendal neuralgia
  • Endometriosis pain
  • Pelvic organ prolapse-heaviness or dragging pain in the lower abdomen or pelvis
  • Coccyx or tailbone pain-coccydynia
    Pelvic Girdle Pain-sacroiliac joint (SIJ) and Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction (SPD)
  • Bladder or bowel-pain with holding on, emptying or gassy pain / bloating
  • General pelvic pain, but you are not sure why

About Rachel

Masters Continence and Women’s Health
BSc. Physiotherapy
APA Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist

Rachel is passionate about women accessing pelvic floor physiotherapy. She wants women to take control, seek help and be able to talk about intimate symptoms in a safe space. She now works exclusively in Women’s Health.

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Working as a physiotherapist since 2003, Rachel worked mainly in neurological rehabilitation and women’s health. This has taken her across Australia, as well as living and working in Tasmania for over 10 years.

People living with neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s Disease, MS and stroke, often experience bladder and bowel issues. This overlap of symptoms inspired Rachel to do further study around continence and women’s health.

Rachel achieved her Masters in 2012, and is now titled by The Australian Physiotherapy Association as a Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist.  This title means that Rachel is a general physiotherapist with additional qualifications and experience in treating the pelvic floor.

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Sponsorship

In 2017-18 Rachel will donate monies for ten Ethiopian women to receive long term physiotherapy.

HEALTH PRACTITIONER ALERT - this survey is currently being conducted by Dr Leesa Van Niekerk.
Please complete and share around - Let's improve our collective understanding around #Endo #endometriosis #commonnotnormal
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Clients with endo- you could alert your health practitioners to the survey and encourage them to fill in.
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As many of you know, I have a very strong interest in supporting women with #Endometriosis 💛 One of our amazing TasOGS psychologists is involved in a new study through UTAS and she'd love to have YOU all contribute your knowledge on ENDO to her study findings - patients and healthcare providers alike - through a survey assessing our understanding of #ENDO! Please help contribute to the research on this disease that affects #1 in 10.

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