Larissa Polkinghorne


Senior Physiotherapist

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.

She has undertaken numerous courses since graduating around the treatment of chronic/persistent pain presentations and enjoys working with patients who feel they have already exhausted the health system and tried multiple treatments.

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 a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association Continence and Women’s Health Group and the Continence Foundation of Australia.

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

· Incontinence

    o Urinary Incontinence (loss of bladder control)

    o Faecal Incontinence (loss of bowel control)

· Pain

    o Pelvic girdle pain

    o Dyspareunia (e.g. following vaginal delivery and/or vaginismus)

· Bladder Dysfunction

    o Urinary urgency

    o Urinary frequency

    o Reduced urge to void

    o Poor voiding dynamics

    o Incomplete bladder emptying

    o Assessment and management of post void residuals (RTUS)

· Defecation Dynamics/Constipation management

· Pelvic Organ Prolapse prevention and management

· Antenatal & Postnatal Care

    o Exercise advice and individual pelvic floor friendly programs

    o TENS hire for pain management during labour

    o Perineal tear/episiotomy treatment and management

    o Caesarean scar pain treatment

    o Blocked ducts/mastitis

    o Cracked nipples following/during breast feeding

    o Pelvic girdle pain

    o Abdominal muscle separation (diastasis)

· Pre and Post Pelvic Surgery    

    o Hysterectomy, prolapse repair

    o Continence and other bladder and bowel procedures

    o Benign prostatic hyperplasia/Prostatectomy

· General pelvic floor muscle education

    o Assessment, strengthening/down training, exercise advice

Children’s Continence

· Toilet training issues

· Bedwetting (Nocturnal Enuresis)

· Constipation and soiling

· Day wetting