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Persistent Pelvic Pain

I refer patients to certain blogs over and over during their treatment session and so have created this Articles section for patients to access easily.

I have included a link today to a Radio National Life Matters show on a silent epidemic-Persistent Pelvic Pain. Bettina Arndt, Dr Susan Evans, a pain survivor-Vanessa and the host of Life Matters, Natasha Mitchell, had a 38 minute discussion on the topic of persistent pelvic pain (PPP)- literally bringing PPP out of the cupboard! Persistent pelvic pain is a debilitating scourge on society and as Susan said the causes can be multi-factorial and quite divergent but the end result is the same – a miserable, stressed and despondent woman (or man).

Quite a few listeners phoned in with their story, and the story is the same – a run-around to many different doctors and therapists, invasive tests and surgeries and not many answers. But there is tremendous hope for these patients. Because of work by the Adelaide pain researchers Lorimer Moseley and David Butler which has shed a new light on how to manage chronic pain, great improvements are happening for pelvic pain disorders. By adapting their wonderful principles of the central sensitization of pain rather than only focusing on the end organ (in the periphery such as the endometriosis, the vagina, the bladder etc) we are now looking at a multi-factorial approach to treatment, which importantly, includes the brain.

Understanding about this new way of treating persistent pelvic pain:

  • that the brain decides whether there is going to be pain or not
  • identifying stressors that might be releasing stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline which further sensitizes the already hypersensitive nervous system
  • dilators to massage the tight pelvic floor muscles and to desensitize the painful vagina
  • pelvic floor muscle training but focusing on the relaxation of the muscles rather than over-tightening them
  • relaxation and breath awareness by using general body and pelvic floor relaxation CDs, perhaps meditation, pelvic floor safe yoga
  • release of endorphins (the body’s own pain killer rather than high dose and sometimes addictive medications) through general exercise – doing it in a paced and graded way
  • a medication (which is in fact a low dose old-fashioned antidepressant which turns down the messages from the pelvic nerves)

All of these strategies plus a few more will change the outcome for these patients.

Thanks to Bettina for raising the profile of this condition and may our progress forward with treating PPP be a fast and furious to get these patients back to a productive, enjoyable life again.

Pain and sexual dysfunction

Pain and sexual dysfunction

In these uncertain times due to COVID19 (Coronavirus) there can be nothing more important than learning how to deal with the sudden dramatic changes in your work, health and family situation. Anxiety builds as the changes hit your financial, physical and mental well-being. We are re-commencing this class that Martine has conducted for a number of years to help bring some strategies into your very own living room. We call it ‘Coping through COVID19 – Stress management exercises to help stay healthy and pain free’.

Whether you live with persistent pain from migraines, endometriosis, overactive pelvic pain (which can be manifested in sexual dysfunction for both women and men) or low back pain, this class will provide self-healing strategies such as stretches to help nerves slide and glide; take you through full body relaxation allowing tense muscles to down-train and soften; there will be mindfulness and breath awareness and generally reinstating a sense of calm in your body.

Join Martine for the group class at 7pm on Monday nights. Click on the link on this page.

Chronic or persistent pelvic pain is very debilitating for women and men. Chronic pain can affect a person’s ability to work, affect their relationships and decrease their sense of well-being. Changes in approaching the management of chronic pain has occurred by adapting the work of the Adelaide physiotherapists and pain researchers, Lorimer Moseley and David Butler and incorporates the importance of the brain and pain.

Central sensitization of pain means that rather than only focusing on the ‘peripheral organ’ (the vagina, the bladder or the ano-rectal region etc) we are now looking at a multi-dimensional approach to treatment, which importantly, includes the brain. It is very helpful to go to a link of a blog I have collated of many pain-related articles to help you understand this brain/pain link before the initial appointment. It can be quite a shock to you to hear your physiotherapist talking about the brain, when your pain is in your vagina or your coccyx or your anus or another part of the pelvic region, and having pre-read some or all of the links can set you up for a greater understanding immediately.

A one-on-one ‘Telehealth’ consultation can also be booked and takes up to 1.5 hours and if you require vaginal dilators (a treatment modality used to massage muscle tightness in the pelvic floor muscles), these are an extra cost on top of the consultation.


Our physiotherapists at Sue Croft Physiotherapy treat women, men and children with any of the following conditions/symptoms:-

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Sue, Jane, Martine, Megan & Amanda

Sue Croft Physiotherapy is a Brisbane based practice that treats pelvic floor dysfunction including urinary incontinence, urinary frequency and urgency, bladder pain problems, recurrent urinary tract infections, prolapse conditions (bladder, uterine and posterior wall and rectal prolapse), bowel management (constipation, faecal incontinence, anal fissures, haemorrhoids and faecal urgency) and pelvic pain (including endometriosis pain, period pain, musculoskeletal pelvic pain, pudendal neuralgia and bladder pain conditions) for women, men and children as well as musculoskeletal conditions and lymphodaema.

We have a Running Clinic with video analysis which allows Jane, Martine and Megan to assess your running style and suggest changes to facilitate either a return to running following childbirth or to manage persistent injuries.

We have an busy pessary clinic with all physios fitting pessaries. We have an extensive range of fitting kits which allow the patient to trial the pessary by going for a run or a walk to ensure the pessary does not dislodge. We have a steriliser also for the pessaries. We hold a large stock of the most commonly used pessaries.

Sue Croft graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 1977 and initially practised general physiotherapy at Princess Alexandra Hospital – then moving to the Spinal Injuries Unit. She then worked in the Mater Hospital Intensive Care Unit for 4 years. Following the birth of her children she tutored at the University of Queensland developing an interest in Women’s Health. Since 1988, Sue has worked continuously in Women’s Health and Continence promotion and Pelvic Health Physiotherapy.

Sue has authored two books: Pelvic Floor Recovery: Physiotherapy for Gynaecological and Colorectal Repair Surgery (4th Edition) and Pelvic Floor Essentials (3rd Edition). 

Sue is a registered physiotherapist, a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the National Women’s, Men’s and Children’s Pelvic Health Group, the International Continence Society, IUGA and a Committee member of the Queensland Branch of the Continence Foundation of Australia.

Sue’s ongoing commitment to Continuing Education is important to ensure that the most recent research is being accessed in order to provide the best evidence-based treatment strategies for her patients. Conferences, workshops and journal articles are regularly used to update knowledge and up-skill. Sue is regularly asked to lecture at education forums for medical staff, physiotherapists, nurses and for the public. She presented the physiotherapy perspective at a pain workshop at the IUGA conference in September, 2012 and presented at a colorectal conference in Auckland in September 2013 at numerous GP training events over the years, a Stomal Therapy Conference in 2017, has organised the CFA State Conference in Brisbane in 2018 and is speaking at UGSA in March, 2019 and The National Sonographers Conference in June, 2019.

Jane Cannan  Jane completed her Masters in Physiotherapy Studies at the University of Queensland in 2009. (She originally graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Education in 1999 and initially worked as a Primary School Health and Physical Education teacher and Secondary School Health, Physical Education, Maths and Science teacher. It is both her passion for teaching and the health sciences that led her into physiotherapy.)

Jane initially worked in a Musculoskeletal private practice for 6 years, but she wanted to expand her keen interest in Women’s Health and went on to attend many post-graduate Women’s Health courses, attend Continence conferences and in 2017 the Explain Pain course. She commenced working with Sue at Sue Croft Physiotherapy in 2015 and has thrived in this environment ever since. Combining the two disciplines enables Jane to provide an integrated approach to pelvic floor dysfunction, lower back and hip pain.

Following the birth of her twins in 2012, Jane developed a keen interest in running. She has now completed a half marathon in 2014, and a full marathon in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Helping women safely achieve their own post-pregnancy goals is one of Jane’s passions.She has undertaken two Athletics Coaching certificates and established the Running Assessment Clinic for Sue Croft Physiotherapy.

MartineMartine Lange is a Pelvic Health and musculo-skeletal physiotherapist and is an accredited Pilates instructor through the Queensland Pilates Institute. Martine has undertaken many courses from the Women’s Health Training Institute to further her continence and prolapse skills.

Martine fits pessaries and conducts Running Clinics. Martine also conducts  live, online classes called ‘Coping through COVID19 – Stress management exercises to help stay healthy and pain free‘. These classes assist people in regaining confidence in relaxing through movement and managing stress and anxiety levels and are also a useful adjunct prior to birthing, if you have persistent pelvic pain or undergoing gynaecological /colorectal /prostatectomy surgery.

Martine has worked with people from all walks of life to improve their physical health and well-being through education, Pilates-based therapeutic exercise and manual physiotherapy techniques. Martine has completed both mat and equipment training (trapeze and reformer).  Martine’s mat or Reformer Pilates classes (one-on-one, two-on-one or three-on-one) are an effective way to improve your general strength, flexibilty and most particularly, your deep abdominal and pelvic floor strength. They are also a fantastic way to gain self-awareness of poor habits and use exercise to gain strength and movement and reducing pain.

Megan Bergman graduated from the University of Queensland in 1996. Initially she worked and ran a busy sports practice in Cairns, including providing physiotherapy services for state and national level hockey and basketball teams. Megan then spent two years working throughout England and a 2 year period in Asia raising her two sons. She has now returned to Brisbane with her family, where her passion for Women’s Health has led to continued ongoing education and training undertaking many courses at the Women’s Health Training Institute and other APA led courses. She is an experienced Pilates instructor and conducts one-on-one, two-on-one and three-on-one classes at our Hampstead Road clinic. Megan fits pessaries and treats our male clients. She is currently undertaking extra training to be able to see children for bed-wetting and other continence issues. Megan is an avid bush walker and has two teenagers who are keeping her active and engaged. Megan loves to help clients achieve their goals and take control of their bodies.

Amanda Waldock graduated from the University of Sydney with her Masters of Physiotherapy in 2014 following the completion of her Bachelor of Health Sciences in 2012 also from the University of Sydney. She spent the first few years of her career working in public and private hospitals in Sydney. In 2017 she moved to Brisbane and commenced working at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. It was here that Amanda started to work in Women’s Health Physiotherapy after completing her training with the Women’s Health Training Association. She has recently returned from the UK where she was working at The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital within the Pelvic Health Team.  Amanda has completed training in many areas relating to Women’s Health including the WHTA 5 day introduction to women’s health, Stress urinary incontinence and Prolapse management, The Female Athlete with Antony Lo, Visceral Mobilisation Level 1 and POGP Pregnancy related Physiotherapy assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions (lumbar spine and pelvis). Amanda has had experience seeing women in a hospital setting post-delivery and gynaecological surgery. She has also has experience running exercise classes and education classes for antenatal and postnatal women.