Fiona O’Connell

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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:

Common Netball Injuries

Common Netball Injuries

While some netball injuries and collisions are inevitable, there is a lot of pain that netballers put up with that they don’t have to. If you feel like your ankle or knee is being held together by a roll of tape every game, then it may be time to see one of our physiotherapists.
Mastitis

Mastitis

Mastitis occurs when breastmilk isn’t moving freely through the breast and the normal breast stasis is overcome, causing an immune reaction in the milk and an inflammatory response in the breast.
Physiotherapy before and after prostate cancer surgery

Physiotherapy before and after prostate cancer surgery

You can reduce the risk of long term incontinence and by knowing how to exercise your pelvic floor and this is something proactive you can do while waiting for surgery.
Osteoporosis vs Osteoarthritis

Osteoporosis vs Osteoarthritis

Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which the amount and quality of the bone is reduced, leading to fractures (broken bones). ​It is characterized by decreased bone mineral density and​ can produce no pain or other symptoms until a fracture has occurred. Arthritis (arth = joint; itis = inflammation) is a disease of the joints and surrounding tissue (cartilage). Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common forms of arthritis.
Lower Back Pain Treatment

Lower Back Pain Treatment

Physiotherapists are experts in providing lower back pain treatment. Although some episodes of lower back pain can be self-limiting and resolve by themselves, physiotherapy can help achieve a faster recovery, with a reduction in pain and an increase in mobility and function Although some episodes of lower back pain can be self-limiting and resolve by themselves, physiotherapy can help achieve a faster recovery, with a reduction in pain and an increase in mobility and function, hopefully reducing the severity and length of the back pain episode. This will also assist in reducing the likelihood of future back pain episodes.
Smart Watch Features – Physio Review

Smart Watch Features – Physio Review

Here is a list of our physiotherapists favourite smart watch features and why they are important for your health.
Beach Running – The Good & The Bad

Beach Running – The Good & The Bad

Not only does the beach offer a change in scenery, relaxation, and a potential source of motivation for training, it also offers a change in the surface that is lower in impact and ground reaction forces.
Wrist pain after having a baby (De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis)

Wrist pain after having a baby (De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis)

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is a wrist condition that can occur after having a baby caused by hormones and the repetitive wrist movements required to raise a newborn. This causes a thickening and swelling of the protective sheath around the thumb tendons as they cross the thumb side of the wrist joint which results in pain. De Quervain’s is very common during the postnatal period.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome During Pregnancy

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome During Pregnancy

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a wrist condition which can occur during pregnancy ...
All About Diastasis Recti Abdominus (tummy muscle separation)

All About Diastasis Recti Abdominus (tummy muscle separation)

The Recti Abdominus are two connected muscles that run parallel down the front of your stomach, from halfway down the ribcage to the pubic bone. As your baby grows during your pregnancy, the connective tissue between these muscles can separate.
Perineal Trauma During Birth

Perineal Trauma During Birth

Perineal traumas can happen during the birthing process where the baby's head is either too large or the opening doesn't stretch enough to let the baby's head through.
Good Posture and a Healthy Spine Start in Childhood

Good Posture and a Healthy Spine Start in Childhood

It is easier to maintain good postural habits in children than it is to fix the problems they cause in adulthood. It is important to have good posture in order to: 1) Use your muscles and ligaments properly without increased strain or tension 2) Make sure you don’t experience pain or fatigue 3) Prevent long-term issues from developing 4) Keep you looking great!