Helping the body prepare for conception and pregnancy by balancing the tissues of the body - the pelvis especially.
Low back and pelvic pain, sciatica, rib pain, skills for an active birth, optimising space and positioning of baby for labour.
Rebalancing the postpartum body - easing back, neck , pelvic pain. Assessing pelvic floor dysfunction, helping with continence issues, prolapse. Assessing the body for return to exercise. Helping mums who experienced a tough time during or after giving birth.
Hands on therapy and exercise guidance to help women navigate their monthly cycles, and assist in the management of pelvic pain, PMS, and endometriosis.
Whether you're looking for support for your daughter, whether you're menopausal or post-menopausal, or somewhere in between, we love taking care of females and their health at any stage of life.
What is Holistic Pelvic Care™?
Holistic Pelvic Care ™ (HPC™) is a revolutionary approach to providing gentle, safe and effective management of many female pelvic conditions. Developed from 25 years of work, research and hands-on practice by Tami Lynn Kent, a US based women’s health physiotherapist, any woman may gain benefit from HPC™ treatment but it is particularly beneficial for those healing after pregnancy and for those preparing for pregnancy. Rebalance Osteopathy's, Haylee Finn is one of very few osteopaths in Australia qualified to perform internal assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor.
An initial HPC™ consultation includes a detailed case history, discussion of treatment aims, basic introduction to female pelvic anatomy, and an internal pelvic floor assessment and treatment. The pelvic muscles are assessed intravaginally. This is done with a gloved, lubricated finger inserted in the vagina. Pelvic floor muscle tone, tension, trigger points, and pain patterns are noted along with their engagement during a cued pelvic floor contraction. This form of internal assessment is the most accurate method to detect if you are contracting your pelvic floor optimally.
The assessment is followed by a treatment to release any trigger points in the muscle and fascia (connective tissue) of the pelvic floor. This is achieved via gentle pressure in the region of tenderness and waiting for the brain to register then reduce the nervous system output. A sense of melting within the tissues and a reduction in palpable tension are indicative the process has occurred. Guided breath work and visualisation may also be called upon to achieve both physical and energetic balance.
Though gentle, the physical and emotional effects of HPC™ are profound and women often notice a change with even one session. Improved blood flow to and from the pelvis helps to reduce pelvic pain, and/or a feeling of heaviness in the pelvic floor.
How soon after birth can I receive HPC ™?
Any time after six weeks post-partum is a good time to begin but it can be useful months, even years, after birth.
Do I need HPC if I've already seen a pelvic floor physiotherapist?
Great question. Although founded by a physiotherapist, HPC™ does differ from a traditional pelvic floor physiotherapy consult. Haylee's personal experience from both modalities and feedback from other patients is that they work really well in conjunction with each other. A Pelvic floor physiotherapist can diagnose and manage prolapse for example with the use of exercises and pessaries. A HPC™ assessment and treatment on the other hand may improve your pelvic floor strength and co-ordination merely by releasing tension, releasing scar tissue and increasing awareness to the area (this is without you having to perform excessive repetitions yourself) - although Haylee is able to teach you how to perform these too. The resultant even tension and strength in the pelvic floor can indeed help manage prolapse, as can Osteopathic treatment to the rest of the body to help lift pressure off the pelvic organs from above. So the answer to the question is do both if you can!
If internal vaginal assessment and treatment sounds scary..
Please don't shy away. We can also assess how your pelvic floor is functioning via external palpation. So please contact us if you have any questions or queries.
Haylee is one of very few osteopaths in Australia qualified to perform internal assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor. Holistic Pelvic Care™ is a revolutionary approach to providing gentle, safe and effective management of many female pelvic conditions.
If you’re finding it difficult to contract your pelvic floor or if you’re not sure if you are contracting your pelvic floor correctly then HPC™ provides a platform to facilitate a new brain-pelvic floor connection. To contract a muscle group you need to first connect with that muscle group.
If you are wanting to become pregnant, HPC™ is a really useful tool for finding out the baseline tone in your pelvic floor. Where and how we carry tension in our pelvic floor can have implications for how well our body can expand to grow a baby and how our body can expand to birth a baby.
Whether you had a straightforward vaginal delivery, or you experienced perineal tearing, an episiotomy, intervention with forceps or vacuum, had a long labour, or even a quick birth, the tissues of the pelvic floor are often simply rehabilitated via pelvic floor contractions alone. Enter HPC™ - you'll realise that with pelvic floor tissue trigger point release, your ability to achieve a high quality efficient pelvic floor contraction is possible without having to perform hundreds of pelvic floor exercises a day.
Holistic Pelvic Care™ uses great empathy and respect to gently help women's bodies recover from trauma.
If you’re finding it difficult to contract your pelvic floor or If you’re not sure if you are contracting your pelvic floor correctly then we are here to help. To contract a muscle group you need to first connect with that muscle group. Secondly, this muscle group needs to be working from an optimal resting state- that is, not overly lengthened and not overly shortened. A short, tight pelvic floor can occur as a result of contracting your pelvic floor too much (consciously or subconsciously), excessive high intensity exercise, from poor technique during Pilates, from lifting heavy weights, emotional stress, or trauma, including birth trauma. An lengthened pelvic floor can occur as a result of pregnancy or due to general hypermobility of tissues (excess flexibility). Mindful and gentle treatment of trigger points and scar tissue within these tissues can improve your ability to contract your pelvic floor and decrease symptoms:
Our approach to assessing and treating the pelvic floor can be external by palpating for tone and contraction near your sit bones in a lying position. The most accurate way to measure pelvic floor contraction and tone is via internal palpation and Osteopath Haylee Finn is qualified to perform this (check out Holistic Pelvic Care™).
If you are wanting to become pregnant, then Osteopathy is a great form of bodywork to help prepare the body to conceive, grow and birth a baby. Where and how we carry tension in our pelvis and pelvic floor can have implications for how well our body can expand to grow a baby and how our body can expand to birth a baby. If we can resolve any asymmetry and tension in your pelvis prior to falling pregnant then this can help the body better adapt to the increasing load of the baby, preventing low back and pelvic pain during pregnancy. A pliable and supple pelvic floor creates optimal space for the baby to assume throughout the pregnancy, paving the way to facilitate a natural vaginal delivery.
Holistic Pelvic Care™ (HPC™) is a really useful tool for finding out the baseline tone in your pelvic floor prior to falling pregnant. Most women think they need to have a strong pelvic floor to conceive and grow a baby during pregnancy, but the reality is that many women have an excessively tight pelvic floor which in fact needs releasing so that it can expand and hold a pregnancy and expand further to give birth. Excessive tension in the pelvic floor can impede blood flow to the pelvis and create congestion and stagnation - treatment to release tension and bring improved blood flow in the pelvis creates an optimal environment for conception.
If you are planning for a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) the HPC™ prior to falling pregnant again, can be useful in resolving pelvic floor tension and congestion which may have been present both before and since your C-section delivery.
We respect that a woman who has experienced miscarriage, birth loss or termination is indeed still in a postpartum state.
Haylee is passionate about changing the status of postpartum nurturing and care - a hugely neglected aspect of health in today’s Western world. She encourages mothers to place the same emphasis on postnatal care as they do on prenatal care when it comes to caring for their bodies. Women need support and loving touch when birth goes well, and women need support and loving touch when birth has been tough. The standard definition of a postpartum woman is a woman who has given birth less than six months ago. At Rebalance Osteopathy, our definition of a postpartum woman expands beyond six months, for the majority of women who have birthed, their bodies remain in a postpartum state for the remainder of their lifetime. We also expand this definition of a postpartum woman to a woman who has experienced a misscarriage, a stillbirth, or undergone a termination of pregnancy. We use a gentle approach to help rebalance women, wherever they sit on their postnatal timeline.
Holistic pelvic care™ (HPC) for the postpartum woman
If you are recovering from a recent pregnancy or even a pregnancy long ago, Holistic Pelvic Care™ (HPC™) can be extremely valuable in resolving any tension in the pelvic floor from pregnancy and birth. Whether you had a vaginal delivery, tearing, episiotomy, forceps or vacuum, a long birth or a long pushing stage, a quick birth, the tissues of the pelvic floor are often simply rehabilitated via pelvic floor contractions alone - this approach is failing to address the length-tension relationship of the tissues which can potentially lead to low back, pelvic pain, urinary symptoms, and menstruation issues. If you have had a C-section or multiple C-sections, HPC™ can be useful to help restore optimal function between the abdominal wall and the pelvic floor which is disturbed as a result of an incision through the abdomen. Regardless of how you deliver, pregnancy still places load on the pelvic floor, and labouring prior to delivering via C-section places additional load on the pelvic floor.
In her book ‘Mothering from your center’, founder of Holistic Pelvic Care™ Tami Lynn Kent includes a number of meditation exercises to help mothers rewire their traumatic experience of birth. These energetic tools can be used in combination with or instead of HPC™ to help women who are experiencing anxiety or post-traumatic stress or a sense of disconnect with themselves or their baby.
Even before becoming a mother herself, Haylee was drawn to helping women throughout their pregnancy journeys (check out her extensive extra training in preganncy care here). Haylee loved that women in this phase of their life were feeling empowered to learn about and care for their changing bodies. Pregnancy really is such a mind-blowing process and Haylee loves coming along for the nine month ride with her pregnant patients. Haylee's study and experience enables her to use touch and guided movement to help mothers to grow a baby, to deliver a baby and to rebalance fully in the postpartum period. She loves that pregnancy offers a window to treat old strains that the hormone relaxin (which often cops a bad rap) has opened the door and exposed - think dodgy old untreated ankle injuries or a sore wrist. And she takes a caring and curious view to to the various aches and pains that expectant mums present with (they're often clues that the body indeed needs some rebalancing but in a truly osteopathic way, often the problem area is not always at the site of pain!)
From a movement perspective, Haylee calls upon her Pilates training, and her training as an Optimal Maternal Positioning Ambassador to implement an approach to facilitating natural birth that uses physiology before force and utilises concepts of balance, gravity and movement to achieve:
Osteopath Sophie Beks loves being a part of a mother's journey throughout pregnancy and the postnatal period. She gets great reward from helping a mother’s body adapt to the changes of their growing baby, and to make this special time in their lives as enjoyable as it should be. The postnatal period is equally as important, with Sophie’s treatment aiming to aid recovery from childbirth and create comfort and ease while navigating the new roles of motherhood, ensuring our mums stay happy and healthy. Sophie has completed further training with Osteopath Elizabeth Howard from the Women's Health Research Instititute of Australia, in "Managing Pain in Pregnancy & Beyond".
Osteopaths Kelly Thompson and April Thewlis are both enjoying newborn snuggles on maternity leave themselves but we'll be sure to let you know when they are back on deck at Rebalance some time in 2020.
Freedom of blood flow, lymphatic drainage and nerve supply is an important premise of osteopathy. When combined with mainstream medicine, acupuncture, physiotherapy, exercise and nutrition, osteopathy can be beneficial in the management of:
In addition, Holistic Pelvic Care™ can be a vital tool in the management of these complaints. It works by reducing excessive tone in the pelvic floor soft tissues thus opening the pathways for blood flow, lymphatic drainage and unimpeded nerve supply to and from pelvic organs.