24 Jul 2018

What Is A Physiotherapist’s Role In Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)?

During pregnancy, women can develop a temporary form of Diabetes Mellitus which causes high blood glucose levels. This usually occurs in the late 2nd-3rd trimester and usually resolves after birth, however precautions need to be considered.   Exercise is now recognised as an effective way to help control blood glucose levels. If exercise is performed […]

23 Jul 2018

What Is Vaginismus And Who Do I See For Treatment?

‘Vaginismus’ is a sexual pain disorder. It was first described in the second half of the 19th century by Sims as a spasm of the pelvic floor muscles. This description has on the whole remained unchanged until approximately the middle of the 20th century where it then was able to be classified as a ‘pain […]

23 May 2018

Could High-Heels Be Affecting My Incontinence?

Could wearing high heels affect my ability to use by pelvic floor? This article below makes the suggestion that ankle position (in particular plantarflexion – the high heel position) can hamper the activation of pelvic floor muscles and hence lead to incontinence! So should we really give those high heels a miss after having children? […]

1 May 2018

Five Interesting Facts About ‘Rectus Diastasis’ Or ‘Abdominal Separation’

1. Rectus Diastasis / Separation / Abdominal Separation occurs in pregnancy and refers to the increase in distance between the two bellies of the Rectus Abdominus muscle. 2. Research has demonstrated an incidence rate between 70-100% for Rectus Diastasis. 3. Women most commonly experience discomfort in the 2nd and 3rd trimester along the midline of […]

22 Apr 2018

The Five Most Common Symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Haylen et. al. (2010) identified the 5 most common symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse as follows: 1. Vaginal Bulge 2. Pelvic / Perineal Pressure 3. Splinting / Digitation 4. Low Back Ache 5. Bleeding, Discharge, Infection In some cases none, one or multiple of these symptoms are experienced depending on the severity of the pelvic […]

21 Apr 2018

Understanding The Severity of Your Pelvic Organ Prolapse

The Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification System (POP-Q) was established in 1996 and continues to be used in clinical practice to quantify the severity of Pelvic Organ Prolapse. There are 5 stages of Pelvic Organ Prolapse which include: Stage 0 = No prolapse No prolapse is demonstrated. Stage 1 = Prolapse inside the vagina Most descended […]

7 Feb 2018

Pelvic Floor And Exercise – Are Abdominal Exercises Ok?

This is always a very tricky question to answer as there are so many factors that will come into consideration. Traditionally, abdominal exercises are strongly considered to be a high intra-abdominal/intra-pelvic pressure type of exercise and hence been seen as a ‘NO’ type of exercise for people with pelvic floor issues. However, this is what […]

29 Nov 2017

How To Do Your ‘Ballerina’ Exercise From Pilates At Home

The ‘Ballerina’ exercise is a crowd favourite amongst our Pilates attendees as it not only challenges your balance but also improves your hip mobility, glut activation and lumbopelvic control. Although it seems quite impossible to replicate at home as many of us do not have the luxury of having a Trapeze or Wunda Chair at […]

28 Nov 2017

Top Three Exercises To Strengthen Your Postural Muscles

Most of us at some point over the years have been told that we need to sit up straighter, improve our posture or strengthen our postural muscles for several reasons including to improve our neck pain, shoulder pain, mid back pain, lower back pain etc. The three exercises below are great, simple exercises to target […]

3 Nov 2017

How To Do Your Sidelying Gluts at Home 

No gluts no glory! I’m sure at some stage you’ve been told that you need to strengthen your gluts to help your hip pain, your lower back pain, your knee pain or for various other reasons. ‘Sidelying gluts’ is a Pilates exercise that can get your gluts firing like you wouldn’t believe. All you need […]