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About Maree

Maree specialises in pelvic health physiotherapy, having gained post-graduate qualifications from Otago University in continence management in 2002. Her dedication in delivering a high standard of care to her patients has gained her respect amongst her colleagues including consultant urologists, gynaecologists and colorectal surgeons.

Maree is committed to providing up to date evidenced-based practice and regularly attends advanced practitioner courses in order to provide the best standard of care for her patients.

Maree developed the Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Service at Christchurch Women’s Hospital where she worked for 19 years before moving to focus on her private practice in 2014.

Maree now works from Intus Digestive Colorectal Care in Merivale. This is a multi-disciplinary clinic of Colorectal Surgeons, Gastroenterologists, Specialist Nurses and Dieticians who meet regularly with other consultants including Urologists, Gynaecologists and Radiologists to discuss patients care.

Maree has developed the Pelvic Floor Focus workshop for personal trainers which is now taught nationwide. To see more details on this workshop, go to: www.continence.org.nz

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Why Choose Maree

Maree has her own story of chronic illness which she has overcome. She lived with chronic fatigue syndrome and pain for almost 35 years. She made a full recovery through doing the Lightning Process in 2012. Maree did the Lightning Process with Mel Abbott from Empower Therapies. You may be interested in reading more about what Mel teaches, now called Switch.  https://empowertherapies.co.nz/

As a result of Maree’s journey, she has empathy and understanding for her patients. She understands how pelvic health issues can be disabling physically, emotionally, psychologically and socially. There can be financial burden in seeking treatment, buying products or the inability to work.

Pelvic Conditions

Maree has extensive experience in treating a wide range of pelvic health issues and understands the impact of symptoms. If you want to know more about:

Management Plan

Maree is passionate about helping people with these issues and will help you to achieve results through a thorough assessment and individual management plan. To learn more about what is involved in a physiotherapy appointment, click here.

Learn More

To learn more about pelvic health symptoms you may be experiencing click here.

Consultations

An initial consultation takes up to 60 minutes:

It will involve a detailed assessment of your presenting complaint, including relevant past medical history, medications and physical / social activities. A physical assessment may involve examining the abdomen, spine, pelvis, hip joints and pelvic floor. At the conclusion of the assessment, an explanation of the findings will be given and a management programme will be discussed which meets your goals and expectations. This will include education about your pelvic health issue, application of physiotherapy treatments and a home programme. The home programme is very important, and often will determine whether you will achieve the results you want.

Follow up appointments take up to 30-45 minutes: 

The numbers of treatment sessions vary depending on the presenting complaint but often only 3-4 sessions spread over several months is all that is required. In some cases a referral to another health professional may be recommended such as a gynaecologist, urologist, colorectal surgeon, dietician, psychologist or counsellor. This will be discussed with you and referral made with your consent.

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Possible Symptoms

  • Leaking urine when: coughing, laughing or having sexual intercourse.
  • Needing to rush suddenly to the toilet and leaking urine before you get there.
  • Going frequently to the toilet to pass urine.
  • Pain or discomfort in the bladder region.
  • A bulge and/or dragging sensation from your vagina.
  • Pain on intercourse.
  • Difficultly passing a bowel motion (poos!)
  • Feeling like you have not completely emptied your bowels.
  • Pain or aching in the pelvic floor when sitting or after exercise.
  • Pain in and around the vulva, penis/scrotum or anus/rectum
  • Discomfort in the lower abdomen.
  • Weak abdominal and pelvic floor muscles after having a baby.

Women's Pelvic Health

Women's Pelvic Health

Maree is experienced in assessing and treating issues relating to women’s pelvic health. For example: bladder and bowel issues, pelvic pain issues, vaginal prolapse, postnatal issues and more.

Men's Pelvic Health

Men's Pelvic Health

Maree is also an expert at treating mens health including issues affecting the bladder, bowel and pelvic pain.