Sophie Mitchellis a Physiotherapist with a specific interest and postgraduate training
in Physiotherapy for continence and pelvic floor dysfunction and managing musculoskeletal
conditions associated with pregnancy and the postnatal period. She consults within
the rooms of Dr Ian Tucker and Dr Lino Scopacasa, and would be pleased to assist
with the broad range of patients who would benefit from pelvic floor or women’s health
Sophie graduated from the University of South Australia with Honours in 2006, and
has gone on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Continence and Pelvic Floor
Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne in 2008. She is a member of the Australian
Physiotherapy Australia Continence & Women’s Health Group and has completed extensive
additional training in Pilates rehabilitation methods. Along with her work at Norwood,
Sophie also consults at The Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Burnside War Memorial
Hospital Maternity wards.
Some of the many conditions that may benefit from Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy include:
Urinary incontinence and/or pelvic organ prolapse
Pelvic floor muscle overactivity or pelvic floor pain, including vaginismus
Faecal urgency and incontinence
Pre- and post- Gynaecological surgery (individualised pelvic floor and lifestyle
Urinary incontinence in men post-prostatectomy and pre-operative pelvic floor consultation
Overactive bladder (including bladder training strategies)
Post-natal pelvic floor assessment (following the 6-week medical check)
Like any muscle training program, to be effective, pelvic floor exercise programs
must be tailored to the individual and the program must be interesting and manageable
so that results are achieved! Many patients have difficulty correctly isolating their
pelvic floor and very few are aware of how to exercise their muscles to the level
necessary to optimise their individual muscle function.
Sophie provides patients with a thorough understanding of their pelvic floor and
its role in their condition. As well as providing an appropriate exercise program
and the understanding and motivation to help patients to improve their condition,
consultations will address lifestyle factors such as bladder, bowel and exercise
patterns to help manage symptoms and overall bladder and bowel health. Sophie regularly
lectures to GP and community groups on the topic of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy and
would be happy to discuss her services or run a similar presentation if you would
like to know further information about the role of pelvic floor Physiotherapy and
how it can complement medical management.
Sophiecan assist with a range of conditions during pregnancy and the postnatal period,
·Lower back, hip or buttock pain
·Pubic symphysis pain, sacroiliac pain and other pelvic
·Carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist pain (such as DeQuervian’s
·Pelvic floor dysfunction
·Thoracic pain, neck pain and headaches
·Paraesthesia in the thighs
A range of equipment, including Obstetric TENS and pelvic supports, is available
at the clinic.
Sophie has a hands-on approach to Physiotherapy management and a strong focus on
educating the patient and equipping them with the skills to help to help them to
actively manage their condition and help prevent future recurrences.
With her strong belief in the role of exercise in assisting women to build the postural
endurance to adapt to pregnancy and optimise their postnatal recovery, Sophie runs
several weekly pregnancy/postnatal exercise classes, including aquatic classes, pilates-based
mat and ball classes and mum & baby mat classes.
Patients are able to claim on-site private health rebates. Sophie provides discounts
to pensioners and health care card holders and is happy to see patients under the
Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Medicare scheme.
Patients can phone the clinic directly (8332 1111) to make appointments. Please contact
Sophie at the clinic or visit her website for further information about her Physiotherapy