10 May 2017

Returning To Exercise After Injury: Going Through Rehab As A Physio

Hi, my name is Kirsty and I have injuries. As a Physio this is hard to admit, because we are all perfect, right? Prior to my injuries, I was running 2-3 times per week, going to the gym 4 times per week and doing Pilates 3 times per week. In August last year I developed […]

27 Apr 2017

Top 3 Home Exercises For Pregnancy

Cat Stretch The cat stretch is great for mobilising your spine and stretching out tight back extensor muscles.  This is particularly important for pregnancy as the lower back continues to try and support your growing bump. Start on your hands and knees, with your hands underneath your shoulders and your knee underneath your hips, your […]

14 Feb 2017

Dem Bones Dem Bones…Calcium In Pregnancy

Have you ever heard the stories of pregnant women loosing teeth, becoming and osteoporotic…along with morning sickness, skin changes, and the possibility of lower back and pelvic pain? Pregnancy is just sounding like so much fun to you right now! When you’re pregnant your growing baby requires a mix of vitamins and minerals, and calcium […]

13 Jan 2017

The Big Wide World Of Baby Online Information

Whether you are an expectant mum, a new mum or a been-around-the-block mum there are always questions that need answering.  And out there in the great big wide world of the internet, there are plenty of places to find the answers, the only question from there is should I trust these answers. There are a […]

14 Oct 2016

Sleeping Hip Pain In Pregnancy

As your body changes with pregnancy, so does your posture. Your baby bump will gradually develop and slowly stretch out your abdominal muscles and bring your centre of gravity forward.  To compensate for this your lower back will arch more and your lower back extensor muscles become more active to cope with the increased load, […]

3 Sep 2016

Cramps During Pregnancy

It’s the middle of the night, you’ve finally gotten comfortable, you don’t need to get up and go to the bathroom and then it hits. CRAMP! That sharp spasm pain in the calf that can radiate up through the legs and that needs to be stretched now.  Starting in the second trimester, around the 19 […]

30 Jun 2016

Round Ligament Pain During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, your body is changing constantly with the joints, muscles and ligaments adjusting to the change in pressure and weight around them.  As this happens so quickly it is normal to get aches and pains around your back and hips.  It is often wise to seek out help from a health professional to manage […]

17 Jun 2016

Strengthening Your Core…In Your Neck?

Did you know that you have core muscles in your neck? Just like your lower back we have muscles around the neck whose job it is to stabilise the neck. They are called your deep neck flexors.  And just like your lower back these muscles need to be worked gently, but progressively so they can […]

28 Apr 2016

What Is Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction?

Feeling an uncomfortable pain at the front of your pelvis, that burns and gets sharper as you walk and move around? Are you pregnant? And in your second trimester? It could be pubic symphysis dysfunction! Your pubic symphysis is a strong ligamentous joint at the front of your pelvis.  It is where the two wings […]

22 Feb 2016

Pregnancy Support Belts and Post-Pregnancy Compression Garments…Are They Worth It?

We spend a lot of time here at Bend + Mend looking after lower backs and pelvis’s, and training mums-to-be and new mums to use their pelvic floor muscles. But is there anything else you can do to help support your back and pelvis, or to reduce pain and make you feel better, before and/or after […]