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Fiona O’Connell – Women’s Health Physiotherapist

Qualifications

  • B.App.Sc. (Physio)
  • Post Grad. Dip. Continence and Women’s Health

Biography

Fiona is a physiotherapist with a postgraduate degree in Women’s Health and Continence.

She has many years’ experience treating a range of women’s health issues including incontinence, prolapse, annoying bladder issues such as frequency or urgency, painful intercourse and painful vaginal scar tissue following childbirth or surgery. She also treats male incontinence issues following prostate surgery.

Fiona also runs an innovative class for pelvic floor strengthening, and varied and well-constructed osteoporosis class for strength building and balance.

Articles by Fiona:

Hypermobility – when it’s more than just being flexible

Hypermobility – when it’s more than just being flexible

Hypermobility can be symptomatically associated by joint and ligamentous injuries, pain, fatigue and autonomic and other organ dysfunctions. This is normally a diagnosable hereditary disorder of connective tissue; including but not limited to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Marfan Syndrome, Osteogenesis Imperfecta and Stickler Syndrome.
Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Growing pains unfortunately can be a limiting experience for kids as their bodies go through growth spurts. Knowing the common symptoms that physiotherapy can assist with can be helpful in getting the right care early.
Pelvic Girdle Pain During Pregnancy

Pelvic Girdle Pain During Pregnancy

Pelvic girdle pain is a group of signs and symptoms of pain in the pelvis and lower back area, this can include pain in the perineum, pubic symphysis and the upper thighs (front or back).
The Weak and Painful Shoulder

The Weak and Painful Shoulder

Shoulder pain and/or weakness is a common injury that physiotherapists can assess and treat. It is common for shoulders to become weak or painful, but may not lose significant range of motion. This may be for a number of reasons, including: rotator cuff tendinopathy, bursitis, rotator cuff tears or a combination of these.
How Does Exercise Help with Osteoarthritis?

How Does Exercise Help with Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease, where the cartilage protecting bones breaks down over time. It is the most common type of arthritis in Australia and most often impacts the knees and hips.
Pain with Sex and Tampon Insertion

Pain with Sex and Tampon Insertion

Pain during sex and pain whilst inserting a tampon is a common and frustrating issue many women have. You may not realise, but a women's health physiotherapist is qualified to be able to help you overcome this sensitive issue.
The New Normal for MRIs of the Lower Back

The New Normal for MRIs of the Lower Back

It is often very normal when looking at MRIs of lower backs, for there to be findings that represent no threat and are not the cause of your pain. Imaging of your back should rarely be used to determine the source of your pain. Instead, it is better used to rule out any potentially sinister conditions.
Make Working From Home A Blessing, Not A Curse

Make Working From Home A Blessing, Not A Curse

So you are now working from home! For some, this is an exciting prospect, a chance to see their family more and enjoy a more relaxed work environment. For others, however, this prospect can feel quite daunting and be logistically challenging. It's important to get a comfortable set-up to avoid neck tension, back pain, stiff joints and even knee pain.
Exercise for Osteoporosis

Exercise for Osteoporosis

You may already be aware that as we age, our bone health changes, which can lead to osteoporosis, a condition characterised by bone loss and fragility. Osteoporosis is often known as the silent disease, because usually people won’t have symptoms until they experience their first fracture. Women are more at risk of osteoporosis than men, specifically postmenopausal women.
Knee ACL Injuries

Knee ACL Injuries

Of all sporting injuries, a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee is probably the most notorious. The injury may be preceded by a hard tackle, but is more likely to occur following a routine jump for a catch, or a change of direction while running.
Arthritis: There’s Lots You Can Do About It

Arthritis: There’s Lots You Can Do About It

There are many ways you can take control and alter the course of things, including joint function, activity levels, your experience of pain and your joy of living. Arthritis care is integrative, with each strategy having a significant impact.
Faecal Incontinence (Bowel Leakage) and what can you do?

Faecal Incontinence (Bowel Leakage) and what can you do?

Faecal incontinence is the involuntary loss of stool or wind. The cause is multifactorial and finding out the exact cause can be difficult.