Pelvic Health Appointments

Cranbourne Osteopathy

Why would I need a Pelvic Health Appointment?

A pelvic health appointment can be used to address a variety of pelvic health concerns, you may consider a pelvic health appointment if you experience any of the following:

  • Bladder Dysfunction: incontinence, leakage, urinary urgency or retention
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction: weakness, overactivity, heaviness or spasms
  • Bowel dysfunction: faecal incontinence, urgency, trouble controlling wind, constipation, incomplete emptying
  • genital or vulva pain
  • Tailbone (coccyx) pain
  • Painful Intercourse
  • Period pain (Dysmenorrhea)
  • Pudendal nerve pain
  • Prolapse assessment
  • Vaginismus
  • 6 week postpartum check up
  • Pregnancy and birth preparation

There are also many other presentations to our pelvic health osteopaths. If you have another complaint and want to know if we can help you then please reach out to us at the clinic.

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What should I expect in a Pelvic Health Appointment?

You will receive an online form to fill out before your first appointment which will ask for basic details about your complaint as well as some contact information. Please complete this in the days before your appointment so your osteopath can prepare for your appointment.

During your initial consult your Osteopath will further discuss your complaint and ask more questions about your medical history. Once a thorough case history has been completed your osteopath will begin the examination process. This will include a postural, movement and functional assessment, as well as muscle strength testing and orthopaedic tests. As part of a pelvic health examination, an assessment of the vulva and vaginal structures may be required (with your consent); this is so your osteopath can assess for pelvic floor function and conditions such as prolapse or vaginismis. This may involve completely undressing from the waist down.

Treatment and management will typically consist of:

  • Hands on therapy (external and/or internal techniques with consent)
  • Tailored exercise prescription
  • Management strategies and advice; such as activity or daily routine modification

More FAQs

Do I need to have an internal assessment as part of my pelvic health appointment?
No, of course not! If you're not comfortable with having an internal assessment or treatment we can still begin without any internal techniques. However, a more in depth treatment and assessment would require an internal examination.
Can all osteopaths treat pelvic health complaints?
All osteopaths have a general understanding of the entire body and can address the pelvic floor externally for some complaints. However to do thorough assessment and to assess and treat this area internally an osteopath does require additional training. Currently our osteopaths Emily and Mirae have completed additional training in this area.
Do I need to reschedule if I have my period?
If you are comfortable with having a treatment or examination done while on your period then there's no need to reschedule your appointment. We treat women during all stages of their menstrual cycle.
Do you treat men with pelvic health complaints?
Yes we do! Men are also welcome to have a pelvic health appointment with us. We don't currently offer any internal assessment or treatment but can refer you to our network of fellow pelvic health osteopaths if we believe that your complaint requires that approach.

Do you have another question for us?

Reach out to us at the clinic now!

our clinic is associated with

Osteopathy Australia (OA)