Meet Ruth Schubert of Exhale Physiotherapy
Tell us a little about your speciality/ the types of issues your clients present with, and why you specialise in that area.
I feel incredibly lucky to have two areas that I specialise in – the first being the more standard musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy, having worked for many years in this arena. The second area is female Pelvic Health and it is one I am incredibly passionate about. I completed Women’s Health speciality training at University in 2001, however it was once I became pregnant with my own daughter 7 years ago I became completely fascinated! The female body is incredible in its capacity to respond to puberty, pregnancy, menopause and beyond and I feel grateful to be able to support women during this time. Some common women’s health conditions I see are:
Pregnancy related conditions – like back and pelvic pain
Prenatal and post natal pelvic floor and abdominal assessments, and graded return to exercise
Pelvic floor disorders – such as incontinence and prolapse
Pelvic Pain – including endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, painful sex
Oncology rehabilitation – treatment following cancer surgery/ chemotherapy/ radiation therapy
What hurdles do you see people have in overcoming health concerns?
With women’s pelvic health I think there are several main hurdles including embarrassment or fear of acknowledging the problem, or having grown up thinking their pain is just part of being female – particularly with female menstrual disorders. So often problems women are experiencing are incredibly common, and respond really well to simple treatments. Although painful menstrual cycles are common, they are not normal and there are things that can be done to help.
Time is the other inhibiting factor – many of my patients are busy women who often put the needs of their family or work first.
What’s your personal ethos when it comes to healthcare?
I really believe that assessment and treatment needs to be of the whole person, and that sometimes joyful life experiences are just as important as the right type of exercise or green juice! I believe a healthcare provider’s role is to accurately assess, diagnose and treat your condition and give you the tools and information you need to take control of your own health.
Ruth is available at Yogala every Thursday. Visit Exhale Physiotherapy to find out more.