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 […]

1 Sep 2017

Pessary Use For Pelvic Organ Prolapse

What is a Pessary? A pessary is a silicone device designed to be worn inside the vagina to provide mechanical support to the pelvic organs. Pessary Effectiveness? – Most women can be successfully be fit with a pessary when they present with pelvic organ prolapse – Complications of pessary use are usually minor and vaginal […]

1 Aug 2017

Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Weight Loss

What does the research tell us about Pelvic Organ Prolapse and the effects of weight loss? 1. Increasing body mass index (BMI) is associated with feeling a bulge 2. Being overweight does increase the risk of worsening prolapse with time 3. Weight loss does not improve bothersome prolapse symptoms 4. Pelvic floor damage already present […]