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Do you suffer from a weak bladder?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

 

 

Do you suffer from a weak bladder? Do you have difficulty with going to the toilet one way or the other? Are you a woman who experiences period pain or pain or decreased sensation during intercourse? If so, you may benefit from doing pelvic floor exercises. These exercises are widely taught now, however it is believed that the relaxation phase is just as important to control as the contraction phase.

 

Your pelvic floor muscles are located around your reproductive and excretion areas.

 

There are several groups of muscles which make up the pelvic floor, overlapping each other to form a supportive sling-like structure.

 

Handy tip: To squeeze your pelvic floor muscles from front to back, then relax them from back to front: first gently squeeze the front area like you are trying not to do a ‘number 1’ then squeeze the middle area, then the back area like you are trying not to do a ‘number 2’, then relax the back area, the middle area and lastly the front area.

 

If the relaxation phase feels difficult to do or is painful, your pelvic floor muscles may be too tight. If the contraction phase feels too difficult to do, some of your muscles may not be ‘communicating’ with each other optimally.

 

To have your pelvic floor muscles assessed and treated, come in and see us for an appointment


How Stable is Your Pelvis?

Friday, May 03, 2013

 

 

Although pelvic pain is commonly associated with pregnancy, it can affect both men and women of all ages. Low back, pelvic and hip pain can often be due to a sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction. The SI joint is formed by the triangular sacrum bone - which is at the base of your spine, sitting between the two 'pelvic' (iliac) bones.


Very little motion naturally occurs at this joint and it is held together by thick, strong ligaments. Typically pain can occur when there is more movement here than normal. During the later stages of pregnancy hormones are produced to relax these these ligaments allowing the joint to be more flexible and to prepare the body for labour. However anything that over-stresses the joints and ligaments can result in pain such as; direct trauma, car accidents, whiplash, a fall onto your bottom that can twist the pelvis, a shorter leg, poor posture, low back or hip pain/injury, heavy lifting or unaccustomed exercise. Often as a result of the local irritation or simply due to inappropriate muscle activation the deep muscles that help to stabilise the pelvis also stop doing their job properly; which can further exacerbate the problem and cause instability. In some cases the exact cause and initial trigger of SI pain may be unknown.

What you will be happy to hear is that most people who suffer from this pain can get relief, decrease the duration and help the problem with the correct management and osteopathic treatment.

Some helpful tips and how we can help:

-Initially rest if you are able (not always possible with young kids, we know!). This will help to reduce the inflammation (applying ice can also help with this when it first comes on ) .

-Gentle stretching through the bottom, back, hips, thighs and legs to relieve pain 

-Strengthening exercises to increase correct muscle activation and control to muscles deep around the pelvis

-Core stability rehabilitation programs for the abdominals, gluteals and low back

If you suffer from this type of pain during pregnancy, postpartum or for an unknown reason don't put up with it any longer!

We can help. Call 02 9907 8919 now for further information or to make an appointment.

Are You Pregnant?

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Would you like to maximise your chances of a straight forward birth?

 

Did you know osteopathic treatment can improve birth outcomes? (1)

 

As well as helping to relieve back , pelvic and pubic symphysis pain, heartburn and headaches during pregnancy, recent research has shown better birth outcomes in women who have osteopathic treatment during pregnancy (1). 

Treatment is gentle and can help to balance out your pelvis and spine. This is thought to help the baby to enter the pelvis as level as possible as well as ease it's passage through the birth canal.

Sharon has also found that linking osteo treatment with the Calmbirth courses (www.calmbirth.com.au) plus good nutrition can all add up to a more straight forward, happier delivery....

BUT please don't leave it too late ! If you want your pelvis checked out for the birth, come along as soon as you can. That way, if there are any major issues, we have a bit of time to sort them out.

Need more info? Call Sharon on 9907 8919

(1) Osteopathic manipulative treatment in pre-natal care. Evidence supporting improved outcomes and health policy implications '. Hollis H King AAO Journal 2000


Heartburn and pelvic pain?

Friday, July 27, 2012

 

Did you know that osteopathic treatment can help relieve heartburn during pregnancy?

 

Did you also know that quite often you get Heartburn and pelvic pain together?

 

The diameter of a woman's rib cage is meant to expand by up to 9cm over the course of her pregnancy, to make room for the baby.

For this to happen, she needs a nice flexible ribcage and a happy, stretchy diaphragm.

The diaphragm is not only the main breathing muscle, but it also has the food pipe pass through it to get to the stomach. Any tightness through the lower ribs and the diaphragm can not only worsen heartburn, but it can also reduce the room for baby.

As the baby grows and the uterus expands, if the diaphragm and lower ribs don't lift up and out of the way , the baby has to stay low and find room in the pelvis. This increases the load on mums' pelvis and means we often see pelvic and pubic symphysis or pelvic pain go hand in hand.

 

YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT !!

 

We can help the heartburn and the pelvic pain. Call 02 9907 8919 now for further information or to make an appointment.

Sharon Franklin - Director


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