Too scared to jump on a trampoline with your kids?
Not sure how to exercise during or post pregnancy?
Too embarrassed to visit the family doctor?
During Pink October, or Breast Cancer Awareness month, we think about Women’s Health and how a specialist Women’s Health and Continence Physiotherapist can help with a wide range of conditions to bring more awareness to this sensitive but highly important field of health. Our health insurance partner, UEX, also shares if those physio sessions can be covered by a health insurance plan and how.
What does a women’s health and continence (WH &C) physiotherapist do?
A WH & C Physio is a physiotherapist that has done additional study at University to specialise in the areas of continence and women’s health. They can treat every day aches and pains and sports injuries but are also able to treat conditions related to pregnancy and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.
What does an assessment with a women’s health and continence physiotherapist involve?
Initial assessments are usually between 45 minutes and an hour long. The physiotherapist will spend most of the first session asking questions to determine the source of your symptoms. If the pelvic floor muscles need to be examined, the initial and follow up assessments may involve the use of real-time ultrasound over the lower abdomen, to providing visual biofeedback during pelvic floor muscle training.
What conditions do women’s health and continence physiotherapists treat?
WH & C physiotherapists treat a diverse range of conditions related to pregnancy and the postnatal period as well as conditions related to pelvic floor muscle deficiency in men and women at any point in their lifespan, including:
1. Antenatal services
Management of musculoskeletal complaints such as back and pelvic pain, pubic symphysis disorder and carpal tunnel syndrome
Advice on exercise in pregnancy
Pelvic floor muscle assessments
2. Postnatal services
Management of musculoskeletal conditions such as back and pelvic pain and de Quervain’s tenosynovitis
Assessment and management of abdominal separation
Pelvic floor muscle assessments
Advice on return to exercise
Treatment of blocked milk ducts
Treatment of perineal pain and swelling after delivery
Pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation after obstetric tears
Assessment of altered bladder sensation
3. Other conditions treated by a women’s health and continence physiotherapist
Pelvic organ prolapse
4. Other Women’s Health Services available at UFIT Clinic
Prenatal and Postnatal Massage Therapy
Can you get physio sessions covered by your insurance policy, and if so, how?
UEX, our health insurance partner shares that physio is typically covered as specialist or alternative treatment under an outpatient insurance plan.
As insurance policy wordings differ from one provider to the other, first be sure to check if physio is covered as specialist or alternative treatment, and what is the annual limit you are covered for.
If they are covered under the specialist coverage, likely you will need a referral letter from your GP in order for you to claim those sessions.
If they are covered under alternative treatments, in most cases, you do not need a referral letter but capped at your annual limit.
At UEX, physio is covered as alternative treatments by their Base Plan 3 and base Plan 4, covering up to $1,500 and $5,000 per year, respectively. You can check the details of the UEX offers via this link and enjoy an $80 discount if you issue a health policy with them. Use code UEX4UFIT to claim $80 off your premium
If you would like further information on the physio services or if you would like to book an appointment please contact UFIT clinic.