Physiotherapy

Bowel Health In Geelong.

At Phyisopod Co, our Women’s Health Physiotherapists offer compassionate care for bowel disorders like incontinence and constipation.

A lot of problems can occur with the functioning of the bowels. We understand the unique challenges women face in this area and provide personalised treatments tailored to your needs.

It is important to take note of your bowel habits and if anything irregular is occurring. In the case that there are areas of concern, many problems can be helped with the implication of tools from one of our physiotherapists.

The following are common examples of bowel dysfunction that physiotherapy can assist you with:

  • Anal pain
  • Constipation
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Flatulence incontinence
  • Obstructed defecation 

Sometimes it may feel like there is a barrier to emptying, this can be caused by:

  • Rectocele
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Intussusception
  • Excessive perineal descent

Assessment

The bulk of assessment for bowel dysfunction is done by discussing your symptoms, history, current bowel habits and lifestyle habits. We understand talking about fecal issues may be embarrassing for some, but our team of physiotherapists are well experienced in these conditions and strive to create a safe, open and welcoming environment. There is nothing to feel embarrassed about.

As part of the assessment of your bowel condition, your physio may also ask for your consent to perform an internal examination.

This is very useful for understanding the level of support your pelvic floor muscles and/or your anal sphincter muscles are providing and if there are any signs of mechanistic changes such as a prolapse.

Treatment

Treatment for bowel dysfunction varies depending on the cause(s). Your physiotherapist will work with you to create an individual treatment plan based on your condition. Whilst some of the underlying diseases that cause bowel dysfunction are not curable, treating the symptoms is achievable and can prevent complications and improve the overall quality of your life.

Treatment can begin with explaining the anatomy and function of the colon, anorectum (anus & rectum) and general pelvic region. Your physiotherapist may introduce pelvic floor muscle exercises to improve your ability to control your urine, faeces, and wind. Alternatively, if you are having trouble emptying, your physiotherapist may introduce relaxation strategies for healthy bowel movements or stool softening advice.

Depending on the results of your assessment, the condition may require the use of muscle retraining exercises and/or pessary use.

Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities. Book an appointment today and take the first step towards better bowel health with Phyisopod Co.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where Are You Located?

Newtown
95 Nicholas Street, Newtown VIC 3220
We are located on Nicholas Street around the corner from Enzo Pennys butcher.

Is There Parking Available?

Newtown
There is plenty of parking in front of the building and along Nicholas Street.

Bannockburn
Large parking area located at the rear of the practice.

How Long Are Appointments?

If it is your first visit, please allow for 1 hour, except for 30mins for General Podiatry. You will be advised before your appointment through booking confirmation or staff as to how long it will be.

What Should I Bring With Me?

Along with yourself please bring any relevant imaging such as Xray’s, MRIs, Ultrasounds ect that you may have. Any referral you may have been given from Doctors or others. If you are seeing the Podiatrist please bring any relevant footwear, such as shoes you work in, run in, play sport in or is giving you pain. If you are able to wear or bring with you shorts or active wear, this will allow us to assess the lower limbs much more effectively.

How Can I Cancel My Appointment?

Cancellation Policy
We have a 24-hour cancellation and non-attendance policy. Please notify us as soon as you are able so we can offer the time to someone else. Failure to notify us of your cancellation may incur a $60 charge.

What Payment Options Are Available?

We have an onsite HICAPS machine to claim any Health Fund rebates for Physiotherapy and Podiatry (please check your health fund for rebates as each fund and level of cover is different). We are also able to claim GP referred care plans on site (please note there is a gap after a care plan rebate depending on your appointment).

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Our Affiliates

PhysioPod Flow - Reformer Pilates Exercise

Our Pilates Reformer classes are a great form of exercise for pre and postnatal women, a form of rehab or just to stay fit and healthy. All our classes are run by our Women’s Health Physios.

Cycling Bike Fit

Every cyclist is different so not all bike set up should be the same. A proper fit Bike Fit with our trained fitter Luke can help reduce pain while riding as well as prevent injury and improve performance.

Not sure if you need to see a Physio or a Podiatrist?

The Collective Body Consult™️ Might Be For You

The Collective Body Consult™ is our unique, innovative assessment model which combines both Physiotherapy and Podiatry together in the same initial appointment.

By utilising the experience and expertise of two health professionals in the one consultation, we are able to thoroughly discuss and assess your pain or concern in depth.