What is a women’s, men’s and pelvic health physiotherapist?
A pelvic health physiotherapist is a physio who has gone on to do post graduate training in the pelvic floor. They work with both women and men for pelvic floor dysfunction. A women’s health physiotherapist is a physio who has done post graduate training in dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system due to pregnancy, or in the post-natal or post menopausal period.
What will the appointment involve?
Your physio will ask you lots of questions about your condition to get a thorough picture of the problem. They will then go on to assess the area. This may involve an internal assessment (either vaginal or rectal assessment). You have every right to decline an internal assessment and have an ultrasound assessment on your tummy. This gives us a very basic view of the pelvic floor. You will then be given exercises or products to go away and do/use to improve your dysfunction and reach your goal.
How long is the appointment?
An initial appointment is one hour. Follow up appointments are either 30 or 45 minutes long, or one hour long if it is a complex problem.
Will my appointment be covered by ACC?
If your injury is caused by an accident, you may submit a claim to ACC with the help of your physio. ACC will review the claim and let you know if it has been accepted or not. This usually happens within 10 days. If your claim is accepted, ACC will cover approximately half of the appointment cost.
Unfortunately, most birth related injuries are not covered by ACC. Speak to your physio for more information.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Any of the following:
Your ACC number
Any medical reports you may have
Your hospital discharge summary or operation notes
How many appointments will I need?
This depends on your injury/condition. The majority of clients need between 3-8 sessions, but you may need more or less than that.
Does my health insurance cover the appointment?
This depends on what plan you are covered with. If you have physiotherapy cover with your plan, then they will often cover a portion of the appointment cost. Many plans need an additional package to be added to your plan to get physio cover.
Can I bring my baby to the appointment?