1. Busting the Myths: The Bladder

    Bladder Urgency, weak bladder

    Firstly a Few Facts

    There are two types of muscles in your body :

    Skeletal muscle – we have control of these and can make them contract and relax as we wish. These are the moving muscles like the biceps and hamstrings.
    Smooth muscle – we don’t have control of these muscles , they contract by themselves, automatically and are controlled by our brain. They are the 'function' muscles that keep the body working e.g the heart and the gut. They work by stretch response. For example, as blood fills the heart chambers (input) the walls stretch and at a certain point of stretch automatically contract to push the blood out (cardiac output). The same with the gut – as the food bolus passes through, it stretches and squeezes and pushes it along a bit like an inchworm!

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  2. When is it safe to return to high impact exercise after having a baby?

    When is it safe to return to high impact exercise after having a baby?

    This article first appeared on Go Mum! Fitness as a guest blog I was asked to do.

    As women’s health physios, we are often asked “when can I return to high impact exercise? “ Expectations of the media, celebrities and social media would suggest that new mums can do no right – everyone is telling you how you should do every thing from birthing your baby  to  what you should look like afterwards!  

    Many women feel they have to do high impact workouts in order to build up a sweat, get fit, burn fat and lose baby weight. However, high impact exercise is a common cause of Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), or wetting yourself when you exercise/cough/sneeze, particularly in post natal women.

    Interestingly, one of the main independent risk factors for SUI after having a baby is BMI, or body mass index – the amount of fat your body carries. Postnatal depression is also common, and SUI can be one of the triggers. So it totally makes sense that we exercise after having a baby; but does that leave us between a rock and a hard place?

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  3. What's Under Your Pretty Skirt?

    What's Under Your Pretty Skirt?

    The author is a Women's Health Physiotherapist, a colleague and friend of mine .Whilst she prefers to remain anonymous, she has bravely decided to share her story with you all in the hope that it may spread awareness of the importance of vigilant self examination and, more importantly, to act upon anything suspicious that you find and not put it off. If it helps to save even one person from going through what she has then sharing has been worth it.
    It is a very timely post with today being WORLD CANCER DAY.

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  4. Aquaflex Pelvic Floor Exercise System

    Aquaflex Pelvic Floor Exercise Cones

    Aquaflex Pelvic Floor Exercise System are our bestselling vaginal weights or cones. They were voted the most effective pelvic floor exerciser on an episode of Embarrassing Bodies in 2010.


    The Aquaflex Pelvic Floor Exercise System consists of two vaginal cones much like a plastic tampon- one larger than the other- and 4 weights.

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  5. Get to Know Your Women's Health Physio ....HEBA SHAHEED

    Women's Health Physio Heba Shaheed

    What is your current position?

    Physiotherapist (Musculoskeletal & Women’s Health) , Women’s Health Coach (Nutrition, NLP) , Pilates Instructor and founder of The Pelvic Expert

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  6. Women's Health & Fitness Summit 2015

    Women's Health & Fitness Summit 2015

    Well the WHFS summit is over and done in a flash.

    What did I do?

    As bronze sponsors for the event I spent a few minutes telling everyone about our company and what we do...

    Who did I meet?

    I had the pleasure of meeting in person, my colleague, the beautiful Heba Shaheed of The Pelvic Expert who did her first ever presentation at a conference as part of The Platform which Mish created specially to allow first time presenters an opportunityto share their knowledge. Heba is a women's health physio in Sydney and spoke about The Tight Hypertonic Pelvic Floor.

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  7. Your E-Stim / TENS questions answered

    • this means that you do not have a complete circuit. If you are testing by holding between your fingers or in the palm of your hand then you will probably only be able to hold until it reaches 5mA as this will feel quite intense. When the electrode is inserted in the vagina or anus, a much higher mA is tolerated due to better conduction.
    • to test if your machine and electrode are working , attach electrode as normal to machine , place electrode in a glass of water and turn machine on - if it is working correctly you will see the mA go up as you turn it up as the water will conduct the current
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  8. Get To Know Your Women's Health Physio SUE CROFT

    Get To Know Your Women's Health Physio SUE CROFT

    What is your current position?

    Owner my own practice Sue Croft Physiotherapist

    What led you into women's health physio?

    I was doing a locum at QE2 Hospital for 4 hours per week about 24 years ago and the Women’s Health specialist (Margie Carroll) left and I was asked if I would like to take on the role. I had had my children and had an interest in Women’s Health, as I had taken ante-natal classes for many years at the Mater, so I said yes! I

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  9. Get to know your women's health physio...A few moments with Natalie McConochie

    Get to know your women's health physio...A few moments with Natalie McConochie

    A FEW MOMENTS WITH Natalie McConochie

    What is your current position?

    My current position is a physiotherapist at Macquarie Women’s Health in Dubbo NSW. It is a private practise with midwives, obstetricians and gynaecologists, reception and admin staff and then myself.

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  10. Get To Know Your Women's Health Physio Taryn Watson

    Get To Know Your Women's Health Physio Taryn Watson

    What is your current position?

    Senior Women’s Health & Continence Physiotherapist for Lifecare, Perth
    Clinical Pilates Instructor at Lifecare
    Director and Instructor for FitRight

    What led you into women's health physio?

    I started my physiotherapy career with Lifecare eight years ago, as a new graduate at Southcare, St John of God Murdoch. A large part of my role in the first year turned out to be working on the maternity ward there, St Mary’s, and I absolutely fell in love with working with women at such a beautiful time in their lives.

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