One of the main factors that differentiates FitRight from other exercise options is that it is essential for all participants to have an initial assessment with a physiotherapist (scroll down to see list of recommended providers).
Unlike other pregnancy and postnatal assessments, these appointments screen for bladder, bowel and musculoskeletal issues, and assess that you are correctly activating your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. This enables the class to be adjusted to suit your personal core muscle capabilities and ensures that you aren’t doing anything that could cause or worsen common pregnancy and postnatal related issues such as incontinence, prolapse and abdominal muscle separation.
Please read our blog post about initial assessments to learn about:
- Why this assessment is different to any appointments you will have with doctors and nurses during and after your pregnancy.
- What the difference is between a non-invasive real time ultrasound assessment, and a vaginal examination of the pelvic floor muscles, and when we would recommend the latter.
If you are pregnant you have the option either do the assessment:
- As part of a small group workshop in PregEd (please note that if this screening assessment finds any specific issues then you will be encouraged to follow up with an individual physiotherapy session), which also includes 2 hours of education
- As a one-on-one individual assessment (30-60 minutes) with a physiotherapist who can assess your pelvic floor muscles (please note that most physiotherapists are not trained to do this).
If you postnatal or attending a Woman class you will need to do your assessment as one-on-one individual assessment (30-60 minutes) with a physiotherapist who can assess your pelvic floor muscles (please note that most physiotherapists are not trained to do this).
Individual Initial Assessments
For individual assessments, you are welcome to see any physiotherapist who can assess your pelvic floor muscles with either a vaginal examination or a real time ultrasound assessment, however below you will find a list of physiotherapists around Perth and Mandurah that are recommended by FitRight, and you will be able to see which are the physiotherapists who have post graduate training in this area and are able to perform vaginal examinations.
You will need to organise this appointment and ask to be booked in for a ‘FitRight Assessment’, and specify if you would like a physiotherapist who specialises in Women’s Health. Attend with a comfortably full bladder in case an ultrasound assessment is required.
Please note that this appointment is rebatable on private health insurance, and that the payment is completely separate to FitRight. Appointment costs will vary between practitioners.
Physiotherapists with extra training in Women’s Health
See these physiotherapists if you have any bladder, bowel or sexual pain issues, or if you aim to return to high level exercise.
LifeCare Riseley Physiotherapy
Aubin Grove Physiotherapy
Rockingham Women’s Health Centre
Perth Pregnancy Centre
Julie Lynch, Katie Greenfield
0435 259 254
Lifecare Cockburn ARC
Back in Motion Physio
Silas St Physiotherapy
Sarah Kenagy, Rebecca Dallin
Armitage Medical Centre
West Coast Health and High Performance
Peel Maternity & Family Practice
Total Concept Physio
Tamara Crook, Alison Lutz, Anna
Featherstone Physio and Pilates
Jess Vanson, Felicity Munro
0413 159 206
Taryn Watson, Rachelle Symons, Robyn Hickmott, Chelsie Doncon, Ellen Mitchell
Nicole Weir Physiotherapy
0438 559 644
South Perth Physio
Body Logic Physiotherapy Subiaco
Natalie Bull, Judith Thompson, Sophie Dunnet, Georgia Sudlow, Sarah Kenagy
Cheryl, Lauren, Lucy, Taryn
Life Ready Yokine
Physiotherapists who can perform screening assessments only
Only book with these physiotherapists if you are asymptomatic.
0477 140 196
0433 723 375
Eric Street Physiotherapy
Live Well Physio Currambine
Ella, Claire, Ellen
North Perth Physiotherapy
Emily Hunter, Bella McLernon