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 […]

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 […]

18 Dec 2017

It Hurts To Sit Down! Coccydynia

With Christmas holidays just around the corner, coccyx (tail bone) pain when your sitting can be a real pain in the butt…literally. Your coccyx is the last segment of bone at the bottom of your spine. This little segment is thought to be the remnant of the tail we once had. The coccyx consists of […]

8 Aug 2017

Urge Incontinence

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Did you know that 1 in every 3 women suffer from some bladder leakage? Urge incontinence is the second most common variety of incontinence. It occurs when an individual experiences a sudden, strong need to urinate but in addition they leak urine whilst trying to get to the toilet. Urge incontinence is usually due to […]

8 Aug 2017

Overactive Bladder (OAB)

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Have you ever experienced a sudden, eye-watering strong, unable-to-defer, need to go to the toilet? If so, then you have experienced what is called ‘urinary urgency’, which is the main symptom of a condition called ‘Overactive Bladder Syndrome’. Research have shown that the OAB symptoms of urgency and frequency have a much worse impact on […]

8 Aug 2017

Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)

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Did you know that 1 in every 3 women suffer from some bladder leakage? The International Continence Society defines SUI as “involuntary loss of urine on effort or physical exertion, or on sneezing or coughing”. SUI is the most common form of urinary incontinence and it occurs in activities that increase abdominal pressure such as […]

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 […]

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 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, […]