033552592
105 Rutland Street, St Albans, Christchurch, NZ [See map]

Conditions Treated

The public perception of Pelvic Health issues is often considered to be a women's only problem with the most common complaint being urinary incontinence. However this is only one of many problems that may arise in the pelvic area and men are not excluded. Men and women often suffer in silence not realising that there are many others who have similar complaints. For example, approximately 1 in 3 women and 1 in 10 men have urinary incontinence issues. Only a third of women seek help for their incontinence. Those who do not are either too embarrassed or accept that incontinence is a normal part of life. However up to 70% can improve or become completely dry with correct pelvic floor muscle training.

Pelvic Health issues may relate to;

  • storage issues of the bladder or bowel leading to incontinence (leakage) of urine or faeces
  • emptying issues (difficulty emptying your bladder or bowel)
  • vaginal or rectal prolapse
  • pelvic pain affecting the bladder, bowel, pelvic floor, pelvic joints or abdomen

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is fast becoming recognised world-wide for the positive impact it has on many pelvic health issues. The Cochrane Collaboration, which is an international research group, recommends that specialist pelvic floor physiotherapists should be the first to treat urinary incontinence with pelvic floor muscle training. At the International Pelvic Pain Society conference in 2010, research was presented which supported physiotherapy in the treatment of bladder pain where the pelvic floor muscles were hypertonic (tight). Hypertonic pelvic floor muscles can also be the underlying cause of other pelvic pain conditions or emptying issues of the bladder or bowel.

The pelvic floor muscles

The pelvic floor muscles are the group of muscles at the base of the pelvis. They give support to the pelvic organs (bladder, rectum, uterus, prostate) and closure to the openings of the bladder (urethra) and rectum (anus). They help to maintain continence (not leaking urine or faeces) and to allow emptying of the bladder and bowel.

The pelvic floor muscles are an important part of assessing pelvic health issues. Weak (hypotonic) pelvic floor muscles may lead to urinary stress incontinence, faecal incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. Tight (hypertonic) pelvic floor muscles may lead to urinary urge incontinence or some pelvic pain conditions.

To learn more about how Maree can help you, see conditions treated 'under Women's Pelvic Health and Men's Pelvic Health'

'Maree Frost Physiotherapy treats both Women's and Men's pelvic health conditions. Please find further information about your condition and how we can help you below.

Women's Health

  • Bladder issues
  • Bowel issues
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Pelvic Pain Issues
  • Surgical (urological, gynaecological, colorectal)
  • Antenatal
  • Postnatal

Men's Health:

  • Bladder issues
  • Bowel issues
  • Pelvic Pain Issues


For more information on the conditions we treat and services we offer, or to book an appointment please call 033552592 or email us at info@mareefrostphysiotherapy.co.nz


Conditions Treated

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T: 033552592
E: info@mareefrostphysiotherapy.co.nz

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Address: 105 Rutland Street, St Albans, Christchurch, NZ


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Womens Pelvic Health
Womens Health
Maree specialises in assessing and treating womens health problems, for example, bladder issues, antenatal, postnatal, surgical and many more.
Mens Pelvic Health
Mens Health
Maree is also an expert at treating mens health problems including issues affecting; the bladder, the bowel and pelvic pain.

Pelvic Pain
Pelvic Pain
Maree treats a range of conditions causing pain around the pelvis. Find out more...


Bladder Issues
Bladder Issues
'Two common types of bladder complaint are Stress Urinary Incontinence and Urge Incontinence.


Bowel Issues
Bowel Issues
'Common complaints can be Faecal Incontinence or Obstructed Defaecation (difficulty passing a bowel motion).