Practicing at Core Physiotherapy - Corinda
Wednesdays and Fridays
B.PHTY, Post Grad Cert
(Continence & Women's Health)
Kate has a bachelors degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland (1999) and completed her post graduate certificate in Continence and Women's Health, Curtin University (2016). 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, not behind a curtain. 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 bladder/bowel effectively and/or desensitisation techniques/manual pelvic floor muscle release to reduce pain. Kate can treat you with evidence based medical equipment such as ultrasound, biofeedback and pessaries if they are required for your condition.
Many physiotherapists dabble in Women's Health 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, so 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.
At Kate Hooper Physiotherapy all aspects of your pelvic health can be looked at and your pelvic floor muscles will be assessed via an internal examination or transperineal ultrasound.
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: