Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology has teamed up with two expert physiotherapists – Melissa Harris and Sarah Christ. They are practitioners from The Women’s Practice and work from our rooms to provide physiotherapy services to women during pregnancy and after childbirth.
Physiotherapy during pregnancy, or antenatal physiotherapy, can assist with pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain and lower back pain. Our physiotherapists can also provide expert advice on incontinence and pelvic floor.
If your Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology doctor believes you would benefit from some antenatal physiotherapy, you will be referred on. You are also welcome to take the initiative and book yourself an appointment with one of our physiotherapists.
Postnatal women are prone to pelvic floor issues and incontinence in later life. When you return to Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology for your six-week postnatal review with your doctor, we recommend a postnatal physiotherapy review also takes place at that time to check your pelvic floor and recovery from the delivery. Our physiotherapists also offer specialised treatment for bladder and bowel issues, pain, scarring and rectus diastasis.
Melissa Harris has 11 years of experience in physiotherapy and has spent much of this time dedicated to women’s health and improving the quality of life of the patients she treats. She has genuine empathy and real understanding, going out of her way to provide an exceptionally high level of care.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland and a Post Graduate Certificate in pelvic floor and continence from the University of Melbourne. She is one of only a few APA Titled Women’s Health Physiotherapists in Queensland. She is also the only Associate Fellow in Australia completing The Australian College of Physiotherapists training program (2013-2015).
She the Principal Physiotherapist at The Women’s Practice and is currently a Visiting Lecturer (Women’s Health Course), Physiotherapy Department University of Queensland. Melissa also prides herself on keeping pace with on-going developments and research in women’s health.
Sarah Christ has been a Physiotherapist for over 16 years, specialising in Women’s health for the past 9 years – in particular treating pelvic girdle pain and pelvic floor dysfunction.
Regardless of delivery method, women can experience pelvic floor dysfunction that may be accompanied by other symptoms such as lower back pain, abdominal diastasis, prolapse and continence issues in the post-natal period, in further pregnancies and later in life.
Sarah understands the importance of maintaining pelvic floor function and its relationship to the rest of the body. Through an holistic approach, her patients receive treatment that suits their individual needs. Whether returning to exercise during the post-natal period or dealing with musculoskeletal complaints or sports injuries, Sarah enjoys working with her patients to achieve best possible outcomes.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from University of Queensland and is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). She has been registered and practiced in the UK, New York and Singapore.
To learn more about the conditions treated, visit the pelvicfloorfirst.org.au website.