Women’s Health/ Pelvic Health Physiotherapy has been shown to be very beneficial in both the prevention and treatment of many issues associated with pregnancy, postpartum and pelvic health, including:
• PREGNANCY- sacroiliac joint or pubic bone pain (SPD)/ low back pain, hip pain, tailbone pain, urinary leakage, constipation, pelvic organ prolapse, diastasis recti/ abdominal wall muscle separation, pelvic floor muscle/ core strengthening.
• POSTPARTUM- pelvic floor dysfunction, diastasis recti/ abdominal wall muscle separation, recovery from birth, return to intercourse, return to exercise, urinary leakage, constipation, haemorrhoids, upper back and shoulder pain, posture, low back pain, hip pain, tailbone pain, sacroiliac pain, pubic bone pain (SPD), blocked milk ducts.
• BLADDER & BOWEL ISSUES – urinary leakage, urinary frequency, urinary urgency or frequency, constipation.
• PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE
• PELVIC PAIN / SEXUAL PAIN/ DYSFUNCTION
Treatment may include manual therapy to the pelvis, spine and hips, strengthening of the core and pelvic floor, stabilisation, relaxation of overactive structures, education for bladder and bowel habits, lifestyle habits, posture, education and exercises to aid return to function and sport.
Don’t suffer the embarrassment or pain of issues that may be prevented or alleviated with treatment. Book an appointment with Laura today! (Please state it is a Pelvic Health appointment when booking).
Physiotherapist- Musculoskeletal & Women’s/ Pelvic Health
BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy; PGDipHSc Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy; MPNZ
Laura began working at our Ulster Street clinic in 2008 after completing her Bachelor of Science Honours Degree, in Physiotherapy, in Northern Ireland in 2006 and then travelling the world before settling in New Zealand.
Since then Laura completed her Post-Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2015, furthering her evidence-based practice in this area. Over the years, Laura has worked with sporting teams, including club football, school rugby and representative level netball teams. She has enjoyed having a mixed case load in the clinic involving people of differing ages and with a variety of injuries, including acute sporting injuries, work- related injuries, rehabilitation post- surgery, and has an interest in working to prevent further injury.
Laura’s strong musculoskeletal physiotherapy background has led her to her interest in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy realising how important the core stability system is in rehabilitation and how closely linked it is with pelvic muscle dysfunction. In recent times Laura has completed various courses in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy developing her knowledge in this area. She particularly enjoys treating issues through pregnancy and post-partum care.
After completing a lengthy rehabilitation to return to sport after first having an ACL reconstruction on her knee, and then postpartum recovery following the birth of her daughter, Laura understands first-hand the physical and psychological aspects that are involved in what can be intensive and extended recovery processes.
Laura currently works part -time and enjoys spending the rest of her time looking after her two-year old daughter. Laura has a passion for water-skiing and competes in New Zealand National tournaments each year. She also enjoys running with her dog, has completed a few half marathons, and is a bit of a snow bunny in winter; skiing and snowboarding.