Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (Queen’s University, Canada, 1996)
MSci in Physiotherapy (King’s College London, UK, 2000)
Monica’s experience as a physiotherapist started in the British National Health Service, working across all clinical areas until eventually focussing on treating musculoskeletal dysfunctions.
Since 2004, Monica has dedicated her clinical practice to women’s health. She played a key role in setting up the pelvic floor dysfunction integrated services at the Homerton University Hospital, in East London. She has extensive experience in treating female and male pelvic floor dysfunctions and has attended a number of postgraduate specialist courses.
Monica is a member of the following associations:
- Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health
- Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (UK)
- Singapore Physiotherapy Association
- Australian Continence Foundation
Originally from Brazil, Monica can speak Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Some of the pelvic floor conditions that can be treated with physiotherapy are:
- Urinary/Bowel incontinence
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation
Treatment normally consists of an initial appointment lasting approximately an hour and, if required, follow up appointments lasting 45 minutes. An internal examination is usually a valuable tool to assess the strength of the pelvic floor muscles. This is done very sensitively and carefully with full informed consent from the patient. The examination should not be painful and it involves inserting one finger into the vagina and doing a series of pelvic floor muscle contractions. No instruments, such as a speculum, are used during the examination. An external visual examination is also possible if the client prefers or is unable to proceed with an internal one.
Understandably some clients are anxious about having an internal examination, and if you simply do not want to be examined, you can still have an assessment and treatment.
Treatment for pelvic floor dysfunctions usually takes 3 to 4 sessions, sometimes more if the problem is complex.
Body with Soul is a holistic healthcare centre where healing and optimizing your health can be achieved in a calm and serene environment.
Articles she has written
- Enhance Your Sexual Pleasure Through Pelvic Floor Awareness And Muscle Strength: Do Your Exercises!
- Everything you always wanted to know about SEX and the PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLES, but never had the courage to ask…
Monica’s clinic hours are as follows:
Mondays and Thursdays 8am – 3pm
Saturdays 9.30am – 12.30pm
Initial assessment (1h) – S$150
Follow-up (45 min) – S$120
44 Rochester Park