SENIOR PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Larissa Polkinghorne


Larissa graduated from a Master of Physiotherapy in Western Australia, following a Health Science degree with Honours in Psychology. In 2011 she and her husband moved to Gladstone where she worked alongside Klaas at the Physio shop for three years. They returned to Perth in 2015 where she continued to work in private practice.

Larissa is a musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and has experience in treating a wide range of injures, ensuring the latest evidence-based practice. She has a particular interest in low back, pelvic and neck pain/headaches and chronic/persistent pain presentations.

Larissa also holds post graduate qualifications in Continence and Women’s and Men’s Health from Curtin University Western Australia which has provided her with expertise in assisting with the management of pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, bladder and bowel incontinence, prolapse, and antenatal and postnatal care. Larissa is also a Certified Oncology Rehabilitation Therapist, providing individualised care to women and men during their cancer journey.

Below is a list of Women’s/Men’s Health conditions Larissa is able to treat:


Incontinence

– Urinary Incontinence (loss of bladder control)
– Faecal Incontinence (loss of bowel control)


Pain

-Pelvic girdle pain
-Dyspareunia (e.g. following vaginal delivery and/or vaginismus)


Bladder Dysfunction

– Urinary urgency
– Urinary frequency
– Reduced urge to void
– Poor voiding dynamics
– Incomplete bladder emptying
– Assessment and management of post void residuals (RTUS)


Children’s Continence

– Toilet training issues
– Bedwetting (Nocturnal Enuresis)
– Constipation and soiling
– Day wetting


General pelvic floor muscle education

– Assessment, strengthening/down training, exercise advice


Pre and Post Pelvic Surgery

– Hysterectomy, prolapse repair
– Continence and other bladder and bowel procedures
– Benign prostatic hyperplasia/Prostatectomy


Antenatal & Postnatal Care

– Exercise advice and individual pelvic floor friendly programs
– TENS hire for pain management during labour
– Perineal tear/episiotomy treatment and management
– Caesarean scar pain treatment
– Blocked ducts/mastitis
– Cracked nipples following/during breast feeding
– Pelvic girdle pain
– Abdominal muscle separation (diastasis)


Pelvic Organ Prolapse prevention and management


Defecation Dynamics/Constipation management


A word from our clients

WHAT CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US


All staff are caring, professional and make you feel welcome. I would highly recommend them no matter what your issue is they take the time to listen and offer expert advise and treatment.


Debbie Knust


I recently had an assessment with Larissa. Her knowledge, care and professionalism was outstanding. I can’t recommend her enough…


Robyn Batkines


Our highly trained and skilled Physiotherapists offer our valued clients treatment to cater to their individual needs and requirements. No complaint is too big or small. Try us now!

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96 Glenlyon Street
Gladstone QLD Australia 4680
07 4972 3244
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