A new baby in the family is a time of great change, especially if it is your first. It is a steep learning curve for most, as families adapt to the new addition; sleep is interrupted, there are nappies to be changed, extra washing to be done, all whilst getting to know your little bundle.
Pilates has received mixed reviews over many years depending on where you read about it. You may hear claims by many models, celebrities and entertainers that daily Pilates is the way they stay looking the way they do. Others report that Pilates cured/caused their back pain. Some want to know whether Pilates will help or worsen their pelvic floor muscle function. What about their prolapse? Yet again, others ask – What exactly is Pilates?
The Pilates method of exercise offers a focused, well-controlled physical program for the whole body. While aiming to improve aspects such as strength, flexibility, co-ordination and posture, emphasis is also on helping clients to learn to gain control of their body for a more balanced and efficient way of moving. When taught by an appropriately qualified instructor, it is safe, effective and complements the medical management of many injuries.
In the early postnatal period, your body will be gradually recovering from the birth regardless of whether it was a vaginal or caesarean delivery. During this time we recommend gentle walking, plus a focus on the pelvic floor muscles and deep abdominal muscles.
Pregnancy is a time of great change within a woman's body, however in a healthy uncomplicated pregnancy, exercise can continue to be safe and is generally recommended for most women. Pilates can be a very beneficial form of exercise during pregnancy if you are conscious of the precautions to take and are knowledgeable about the effects that exercise may have on you and your developing baby. All pregnant women should have a medical clearance before commencing Pilates.
Pelvic floor issues such as leakage of urine, known as incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse are very common problems affecting the female population, especially those who have had children. Most people are unaware that specialist Physiotherapists can treat these problems, often helping to avoid surgery.
A Rectus Abdominis Diastasis is a separation of the rectus abdominis muscles, which run vertically down the centre of the trunk. During pregnancy, as the baby grows, the abdomen expands and the muscles are stretched. For many women, the rectus abdominis muscles will separate at the midline as the tissue connecting the two muscle bellies stretches and widens to allow for the expanding abdomen. The extent of separation will vary amongst women, as will the location along the midline, although generally the greatest amount of separation is around the navel.
Usually the bladder, uterus and lower portion of the bowel are well supported in the pelvis. However, if there is a lack of support in the surrounding tissues, one or more of these organs may descend into the vagina, which is known as a Pelvic Organ Prolapse, or simply a Prolapse.
Manipulation of joints has been used as a treatment for back and neck pain for hundreds of years. Yet, most people do not understand what actually happens with a manipulation and how this affects joints.
Have you ever been to a sporting ground and witnessed someone sprain their ankle? Or been told of a painful shoulder following a round of Golf, or set of Tennis? These and many other injuries can happen with any sporting activity, and even working in the back yard.
endons are strong connective tissue in the body that attach muscle to bone. They are made up of mainly collagen and help to generate power as well as provide stability. Tendon injuries or pathologies can be complex and hard to manage, people often have an initial injury/pathology which if repetitively aggravated can cause a breakdown of the tendon structure.
These exercises are designed to improve and maintain the length and mobility of your lower limbs and prevent further injury. Please ask your physiotherapist if you are unsure if you are doing these exercises correctly, or if you feel pain or extreme discomfort while doing any of these exercises.
Osteoporosis is a condition which affects bone strength and increases the sufferer’s risk of sustaining a fracture (broken bone). In osteoporosis bone strength decreases due to a reduction in bone mass.
There is a wide variety of problems that can occur in a patients feet. Problems can include Corns and Calluses, Toe Nail Problems, arch and heel pain, pain in the ball of the foot, Claw and Hammer Toes, or even Tendonitis.
You may not be aware, but falls amongst seniors and the elderly population are a major problem in the community. In fact, it is so common that a third of people over the age of 65 will have at least one fall every year. If people of this age bounced straight back up again like my 2 year old, it wouldn’t be a problem. However, approximately 65% of falls in this age bracket result in an injury. Some of these are relatively minor, but 20% result in a visit to hospital.
One of the biggest Health Issues we face today is the amount we sit at desks and use computers. Not only does it affect Adults, but increasingly Kids are having problems as a result of poor sitting habits.
Pain and overuse injuries following the City to Surf Fun Run raises the inevitable question – is it worth it? Is the foot... back... calf... knee pain that comes from training really any fun? The answer is obviously no, but the health benefits of training far outweigh the negatives.