1. Get To Know Your Women's Health Physio LORI FORNER

    Get To Know Your Women's Health Physio LORI FORNER

    What is your current position/s?

    Private practice ,small business owner/physiotherapist working mainly with women’s pelvic health.
    Physiotherapist working at a private practice obstetric centre once/week, also teaching prenatal pilates

    What led you into women's health physio?

    Teaching pregnancy and post-natal pilates years ago highlighted the lack of evidence and information regarding women’s health issues.

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  2. Get To Know Your Women's Health Physio ALYSSA TAIT

    Get To Know Your Women's Health Physio ALYSSA TAIT

    A FEW MOMENTS WITH Alyssa Tait

    What is your current position?

    Physiotherapist and Owner of Equilibria Physiotherapy & Nutrition

    What led you into women's health physio?

    An obsession with my bladder as a child. A desire to help women who are dealing with the most awkward, icky, embarrassing problems. A desire to be the clinician that I would have wanted to see.

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  3. Feel the Need, the Need for Speed?

    I feel the need the need for speed

    Do you feel the need, the need for speed when getting to the toilet to pee?

    An urgent need to get to the loo is a common thing and often mistakenly called a "weak bladder" and excuses are made  'I have been like this since I was a child'  or 'it is only since I had the kids'

    There is no such thing as a weak bladder. There are weak pelvic floor muscles, there is stretched fascial tissue, there is a low compliant bladder (the muscular wall of the bladder is stiff and won't stretch well - like blowing up a balloon for the first time), there is an overactive detrusor ( bladder wall muscle which contracts when it shouldn't)  but you don't have a weak bladder - it is the support and control mechanisms that are not working properly.

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  4. When is a Leak Not a Leak? When it is a leek!

    When is a leak not a leak? When it is a leek!


    The short answer is never but you would be forgiven for thinking that little leaks or "LBL 's" are not really leaks, going by the media and advertising reports we have been bombarded with of late.
    There have been some very high profile campaigns excusing you from worrying about those embarrassing little leaks and freeing you up to just wear a pad and forget it.

    Well you may be able to do first. But that annoying little leak will soon become a gush or a whole bladder full.

    You will start to go just in case in order to keep your bladder empty - so it can't leak and let you down - and this will lead to a smaller bladder capacity
    (can't hold as much), frequency and urgency which can lead to further leaks and a whole big mess.

    So then you might be scared to go out, stop going to the gym or be the one at the back of the class so you can run out unnoticed to go to the loo halfway through the star jumps and all

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  5. Get To Know Your Women's Health Physio LISA YATES

    Get To Know Your Women's Health Physio LISA YATES

    What is your current position?

    Private practice physiotherapist at: Lisa Yates – Continence & Women’s health Physiotherapy

    What led you into women's health physio?

    Even as an undergraduate physiotherapy student I was really interested in Women’s health and Obstetrics.  In 1998 I did an elective placement at the Royal Women’s hospital in Melbourne – which I absolutely loved.  I was so taken with it that I even considered transferring to Medicine to become an Obstetrician.

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    Last time we talked about the importance of the pelvic floor muscles and their role in supporting the pelvic organs and helping to prevent or reduce pelvic organ prolapse.

    This can’t happen without a little help from the pelvic floor’s friends – the other core muscles. “The core” is often quite misunderstood. Physiotherapists often see people who are very sure they are doing the correct action.

    I can do 100 crunches!! how can I be doing it wrong?’ 

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  7. Pelvic Floor and Exercise : Haemorrhoids from the Gym ?

    Pelvic Floor and Exercise : Haemorrhoids from the Gym ?
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  8. Celebrity Continence….?

    Celebrity Continence….?

    Goodness me there have been a lot of media reports of late with stories linking “celebrities” and incontinence….. hopefully in some bizarre way , this may raise the profile of CONTINENCE ISSUES …after all , we all love to do what the celebrities do !!

    Here are a few snippets from recent months in the news:

    • In a very honest acknowledgement actress Debbie Reynolds apparently spoke out about her symptoms of OAB – an overactive bladder which can lead to sudden unexpected small losses of urine.
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  9. Getting to the core of things

    Getting to the core of things

    There is a lot of research evidence describing the co-contraction of your CORE MUSCLES pelvic floor (PF) and transversus abdominus (TrA) in unison with your diaphragm (D) and Multifidii (MF). If you think of an apple – the CORE is in the middle,the deepest part – your CORE muscles are your deepest layer of muscles and are designed to gently work in the background.
    Your brain is effectively pre-programmed for this to happen automatically, without you having to think about it. A split second before your ‘moving’ muscles twitch and contract,your brain sends a message to the CORE to tighten – like doing up the stays on a corset, thus stabilising and supporting your spine, pelvis and pelvic organs whilst your ‘moving’ muscles do their job of moving you. When everything is working in harmony, the system works well.

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  10. Pelvic Floor - Men Have One Too!

    It never ceases to amaze me when my male patients look a bit surprised when they hear they have a pelvic floor too …most men seem to think that the pelvic floor and pelvic exercises come under the “secret women’s business” banner .

    We are excited to now have this excellent DVD for men available.

    Created by renowned Australian physiotherapist Pauline Chiarelli for the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia (PCFA) 50c from every sale will be donated to the PCFA to help them continue the wonderful work they do here in Australia.

    I use this resource myself in my clinic as an adjunct to teaching men how to find and activate their pelvic floor and it is always well received.

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