Hey Mamas! My name is Louise and I am a Women’s Health, Pelvic Physiotherapist in Perth, WA. I commenced my passion for human biology and movement way back as a primary school kid when I was a full time gymnast. Over the years I began to follow a pathway into womens health with completing my Cert IV in matwork pilates followed by my pregnancy and the birth of my first child Amelia in 2017. I now have a second beautiful baby, Harry who is 1 year old (I know, not even a baby anymore). Life is busy with 2 kids, but I manage to fit in xtend barre, reading up on pelvic health everything from endometriosis to menopause, lots of coffee and the occasional (after kids bedtime) red wine with my husband. This all sits alongside my inspiring work with pregnant and post-natal mums, as well as women with sexual dysfunction.
I am a fully qualified and accredited Physiotherapist, nearing completion of my Clinical Masters in Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapy. I can provide specialised management for pelvic floor dysfunction presenting as incontinence, sexual pain or persistent pelvic pain from a number of courses upskilling in women’s/men’s pelvic health, ano-rectal dysfunction, pelvic floor real-time ultrasound and e-stim for pelvic floor. I have over 7 years clinical and practical experience and 2 years ago developed an ante-natal course alongside a midwife, for expectant mums. I am registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and Women’s Health Training Association (WHTA). My most recent achievement will be to complete my Grad Cert in Pelvic Health awarded by Curtin University, Perth at the end of this year 2021.
After having been a new mum experiencing the highs and lows of the first 6 weeks post party recovery, I know about all the surprises and all the things they don’t tell you about. This is a common time to experience bladder leakage, fear of the first poo, heaviness and dragging in the vagina, c-section or perineal scar tenderness, mastitis and engorgement, the list literally goes on. The reassuring thing to know is that this is all normal, and there are strategies you can use to ease the pain and discomfort. That’s what I’m here for (insert emoji with hand raised)!
This year I started a business to provide a home visit service to pregnant and post-natal mums. I am able to provide a range of personalised in-home physiotherapy services with a focus on pelvic health care and support as well as breast care and management of mastitis. This can include pelvic floor and abdominal muscle assessment and training, postnatal care, treatment of altered bladder and bowel function and post-operative exercise guidance.
If I am not in your area and you would just like guidance and advice, a lot can be achieved from a telehealth video consultation. Even if it is just the ask “Should I go see a WH physio for a pelvic floor assessment?”. We are here to help, and ensure you feel you have access to this care however it is easiest for you.
I am based South of the River in Perth, WA. I am happy to provide a home-visit service. I addition to this I am also available to book a telehealth consultation, where we can discuss anything pregnancy or post-natal via video link.