Vanessa is a Physiotherapist with over 15 years experience working in both public and private health settings. She has worked exclusively in pelvic health for children and women for the past 10 years.
BRIGHTON HEALTH CLINIC FOR KIDS: PHYSIOTHERAPY CLINIC
Approach from continence physiotherapist will always start by taking a thorough history of your child’s complaint. This may go right back to newborn stage and involve details about any toilet training attempts. Further investigations around what your child eats, and drinks are also important for a complete assessment. You may also be sent home with a voiding diary or a bowel chart to record the current continence situation.
The physiotherapist will also assess your child’s physical capabilities and focus on their core muscle control and any issues that may hinder progression. Hands on palpation and assessment of your child’s stomach is done on most occasions after informed consent is obtained. If indicated for use the real time ultrasound is used to image the bladder, pelvic floor, colon and rectum. Further to this, with informed consent, observation of the perineum and rectum will be done to complete the assessment and help your child progress with any exercises. Treatment may vary depending on the complaint and will always mindful of making the journey goal orientated but achievable for your child and family situation.