FAQs

Pelvic Health

What are Inside Out Physiotherapy’s charges?

Service Fees

Service fees are dependent on your unique requirements and individual circumstances.

Service fees are subject to change.  For the latest fees please contact the clinic 06) 8770104

(Please note – a 24 hr appointment cancellation notice is appreciated. Exemptions are made for circumstances where contact is not possible. In all other cases a 50% ‘did not attend’ fee is charged for missed appointments.)

 

 

What do other patients have to say about Leanne Wait and Inside Out Physiotherapy?

Leanne has many satisfied patients – read her testimonials here.

Why choose Inside Out Physiotherapy?

Leanne has over 20 years physiotherapy experience and specialised skills and expert knowledge in the area of  pelvic health. She is passionate about helping her patients enhance their quality of life. Leanne will explain things clearly and in plain language and is happy to answer any questions.  She will help to demystify the issues that are not often talked about, and will provide you with the information, skills and strategies in order to regain as much control over your bladder/bowel and pelvic health as possible. There is no need to be embarrassed – Leanne has helped many patients and looks forward to helping you.

Which treatments will Leanne recommend?

There are many options to be explored. After assessment Leanne will create a personalized treatment plan especially for you, which may include pelvic floor exercises, strength and endurance training, urge management strategies, simple dietary modification, toileting techniques, biofeedback, neuromuscular electrical nerve stimulation, education, bladder retraining, timed toileting, core strengthening and lifting techniques, coughing, sneezing and bracing techniques.

What about pelvic pain?

Leanne Wait assesses and treats both men and women with pelvic pain.  This can be a complex issue to treat so each case is managed according to the individual’s needs. Leanne coordinates with other health professionals to work as a team to achieve optimal results.

How can Inside Out Physiotherapy help with incontinence/pelvic health?

Inside Out physiotherapist Leanne Wait has specialised skills and knowledge to facilitate regaining control of your bladder, bowel and pelvic floor. Leanne is qualified to perform accurate assessment of strength, tone and coordination of the pelvic floor using a digital dynamomater (Peritron), which measures strength pressure and resting pressure with a digital read out. This means initial assessments can be accurately analysed and we can easily track improvements.

Contact us today for and appointment.

Why don’t pelvic floor exercises work?

There are many reasons for this which is why individual assessment and exercise programs are essential. The reasons why pelvic floor exercises don’t work may include:

  • You’re not sure how to do pelvic floor exercises.
  • You can’t activate your pelvic floor.
  • Your pelvic floor exercises may be being done incorrectly.
  • You may not be doing enough pelvic floor exercises each time you do them.
  • You may not be doing pelvic floor exercises regularly enough.
  • Your contraction may lack coordination.
  • You may have an overactive pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • You didn’t continue to do them for long enough to retrain.

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Do I have a bowel control problem?

You may have a bowel control problem if:

  • You suffer from constipation.
  • You have an overwhelming urge to empty your bowels.
  • You have any uncontrolled bowel leakage or incontinence.
  • You have a feeling of not completely emptying the bowels each time.
  • You have to strain to empty your bowels.

Inside Out Physiotherapy can help – contact us today.

Can Physiotherapy help a pelvic organ prolapse?

Yes. Leanne can teach you:

  • How to manage your prolapse.
  • Which activities are likely to make it worse and how to avoid or modify them.
  • How to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles to support the organs.

Inside Out Physiotherapy can help – contact us today.

Do I have a prolapse?

You may have a prolapse if:

  • You have a lump or bulging into and, in some cases, out of the vagina from any combination of the bladder, cervix and uterus and bowel.
  • You feel heaviness, dragging or a sensation of things falling out.
  • A prolapse can also contribute to lower back pain.

Inside Out Physiotherapy can help – contact us today.

Do I have a bladder control problem?

You may have a bladder control problem if:

  • You leak urine (in amounts that vary from a few drops to large volumes) twice or more a month.
  • You leak urine with coughing, sneezing, laughing, jumping or exercising.
  • You experience an overwhelming strong urge to wee not long after having been to the toilet. You may or may not leak with this urge and it could be triggered by running water (e.g. before a shower), when you arrive home, go to get out of the car or to put your key in the door, or when you are away from home.
  • You are going to the toilet more than 7 times a day. More than twice at night can also be considered as more frequent than is ideal and is of significance especially if it coincides with other bladder or bowel symptoms.

Inside Out Physiotherapy can help – contact us today.

How common is incontinence In New Zealand?

Bladder and bowel control problems are very common. Estimates of prevalence vary widely, however it is estimated that there are in total 1.1 million (25%) of people in New Zealand aged 15 years or over who have either urinary or faecal incontinence or both.  Of these approximately 1.08 million live in the community and 25,300 in aged residential care. (The Financial Costs of Incontinence in New Zealand June 2011.)

What is incontinence?

Incontinence is a term that describes any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder (urinary incontinence) or bowel motion, faeces or wind from the bowel (faecal or bowel incontinence).

Do I need a specialist/doctors referral to see Leanne?

No. Many of our patients are referred by their specialist, doctor, midwife or other health professional, however you do not need a referral – we welcome private consultations so please contact us for an appointment.

General

What are Inside Out Physiotherapy’s charges?

Service Fees

Service fees are dependent on your unique requirements and individual circumstances.

Service fees are subject to change.  For the latest fees please contact the clinic 06) 8770104

(Please note – a 24 hr appointment cancellation notice is appreciated. Exemptions are made for circumstances where contact is not possible. In all other cases a 50% ‘did not attend’ fee is charged for missed appointments.)

 

 

Can I bring someone in with me?

Absolutely a support person or dependents are always welcome.

What If I need extra materials (braces/orthotics etc)?

You will be advised if any extra materials are recommended and what the cost would be.

What do I do if I need x-rays or scans?

We can refer directly for x-rays and Ultrasound scans. MRI scans require a specialist referral.

How many treatments will I need?

This will depend on your injury and how your recovery progresses. Please ask for specifics of your condition.

What kind of treatment will I receive?

This will vary from patient to patient as individual symptoms require individual care and management in order to repair, restore and recover.  Following your assessment treatment will be about treating not only the symptoms but also the cause of these symptoms in order to help prevent reoccurrence.  Treatment may include massage, joint, muscle and nerve mobilisation, manipulation, postural and movement re-education, strapping and an exercise program with video demonstration of exercises for you to access from home when possible.

How long will it take to get better?

This depends on many factors and will be discussed with you after the initial assessment.

What should I expect when I first come in?

You will initially be required to fill in some routine paper work. Following this the first session will include a history and comprehensive physical assessment to diagnose your problem. Treatment will usually start during this session but a complex injury may take more than one session to assess. The diagnosis and treatment will be explained to help improve you understanding and the steps that will need to be taken in order for you to successfully recover.

How do I lodge an ACC claim?

At Inside Out Physiotherapy we can help you do this at your first visit if appropriate.

Do I need a referral?

No you do not need a doctor’s referral. At Inside Out Physiotherapy we can treat you without a referral.

Contact us today for an appointment.

What things do you treat at Inside Out Physiotherapy?

All general conditions including: Sports injuries, tendon injuries, muscles injuries, joint injuries, back and neck pain, headaches, postural problems, arthritis, osteoporosis, recurrent falling, pelvic pain and dysfunction, pregnancy pain, sprains and strains, pre and post-surgery and much more. Please enquire if your problem does not fall into one of those listed above.

What injuries does ACC cover?

Sprains, strains, wounds, lacerations, fractures, dislocations and work-related injuries such as hearing loss may all be covered.

Most physical injuries are covered if they’re caused by:

  • An accident, whether it happened at home, work, on the sports field, or as a result of a motor vehicle crash.
  • Injuries caused by external forces to your body (e.g. gravity or falling onto the ground) or o\loading (e.g. lifting).
  • A condition that comes on gradually because of your work (gradual process claim – this must be initiated by your GP to get it registered with ACC).
  • Medical treatment – treatment injury.
  • Sexual assault or abuse

There is a specific definition of ‘injury’ in the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (IPRC) Act 2001, which is the law that ACC must apply when considering applications for claims and assistance.

ACC has to be satisfied that you have suffered a personal injury.

To see if your claim for injuries could be covered by ACC, see their website www.acc.co.nz.