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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

17 Jul 2017

Six Astonishing Facts About How Common Pelvic Organ Prolapse Really Is!

Current research suggests that Pelvic Organ Prolapse is unfortunately more common than we think. Research has shown that: Approximately 1 in 3 women will have a Stage 2-3 Pelvic Organ Prolapse Approximately 1 in 9 women will ultimately require surgery for Pelvic Organ Prolapse The risk of prolapse increases with age: Age 60 = 1 […]

16 Mar 2016

Golf Physiotherapy and TPI Screening

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What is TPI and why should I see a TPI Certified Physiotherapist? TPI is the leading educational organisation in the world who studies the relationship between the human body and the golf swing. Many common golf swing faults can be traced back to the body’s inability to move and/or stabilise correctly. TPI’s Philosophy of the […]

18 Oct 2011

Barefoot Running

Have you noticed your personal trainer running around in funny shoes that look like they belong on an amphibian?  Or even without shoes altogether?  A new craze known as “barefoot running” has hit the fitness world, but is it worth spending the big bucks on the “barely there” shoes or even taking your shoes off […]