B.PHTY, Post Grad Cert
(Continence & Women's Health)
Kate is a physiotherapist with post graduate qualifications in pelvic floor rehabilitation. She has been working in the field of Women's and Men's Pelvic Health since 2002 and only treats conditions involving pelvic floor dysfunction. She has extensive experience treating urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, prolapse, functional bowel disorders and persistent pelvic pain.
Kate has three children and understands how important it is to remain active. She believes that although the pelvic region of our body is important, it should not rule our lives. As such the goal of all treatments is to ensure you can live your life to its fullest with minimal impact from pelvic floor dysfunction.
You will be seen in a private room. The physiotherapy treatment you receive will be individualised and may include lifestyle changes, bladder retraining, pelvic floor exercises (focussing on strength or relaxation), instruction how to empty the bowel / bladder effectively and/or desensitisation techniques/manual pelvic floor muscle release to reduce pain. Kate can treat you with evidence based medical equipment such as biofeedback and pessaries if they are required for your condition.
Many physiotherapists dabble in continence issues and are very good at providing basic treatment. However over 40% of people perform pelvic floor exercises incorrectly. Many people also have an overactive pelvic floor. For these people performing pelvic floor exercises will actually make their symptoms worse.
For people experiencing functional bowel symptoms, co-ordination of the muscle action is often at the core of the problem rather than weakness.
At Kate Hooper Physiotherapy all aspects of your pelvic health will be considered and your pelvic floor muscles can be assessed via an internal examination.
Overactive pelvic floor muscles often contribute to Persistent Pelvic Pain and Bladder Pain symptoms. Pelvic floor muscle down training / relaxation can be very beneficial in reducing pain symptoms in people with:
Bowen Hills Medical Specialist Centre
Located within the Banyans Specialist Medical Clinic on the ground floor.