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Category Archives: Women’s Health

What you should know about your pelvic floor in pregnancy, childbirth and beyond

“I wish somebody had told me…” What you should know about your pelvic floor in pregnancy, childbirth and beyond! As a Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, Total Physiotherapy Manly Vale’s Louise Henderson shares her reflections on what women wish they had been told about their pelvic floor before having a baby. “I wish somebody…
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Changes to the body during menopause

At Total Physiotherapy Manly Vale, we are strong believers in a preventative approach to health. Menopause is a time of change in a woman’s body including in her pelvic health. We are introducing a menopausal pelvic health check to help identify any symptoms you may have, assess pelvic floor muscle strength and advise on any steps…
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Abdominal Separation: The Facts

Abdominal separation, also known as DRA (diastasis rectus abdominus) is a common condition that arises in late pregnancy (affecting between 66-100% of women in the third trimester) and may persist in the postnatal period (affecting 35-65% of women). For such a common condition, there is actually very little research into what constitutes normal recovery and…
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What to Expect from Your Pelvic Floor When You’re No Longer Expecting

The question we are often asked as Women's Health Physiotherapists is: “Is this normal?” To shed some light on normality and the pelvic floor, we'd like to provide some accurate information about postpartum prolapse. We are bombarded daily with images, videos, blogs, forums, facts and figures and it can be difficult to sort out fact…
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Running After Having a Baby?

“How soon can I return to running after I’ve had a baby?”  This is a question Women’s Health physio's hear frequently. Our answer is often “how long is a piece of string?” as the ideal time frame varies greatly depending on a number of factors: Pre-pregnancy and prenatal exercise – generally the longer you have continued…
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The Pelvic Floor – Problems and Solutions

The Pelvic Floor -  Problems and Solutions Louise and Rebecca recently gave a talk at the practice regarding exercise and the pelvic floor. In case you missed it, here are the key points: We know that exercise is important for everyone for many reasons - weight control, cardiovascular fitness, management of back pain etc. In…
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Problems & Solutions – The Pelvic Floor

The pelvic floor – possible problems and solutions. Louise Henderson and Rebecca Rutherford (our resident experts in women’s health) recently gave a talk at the practice regarding exercise and the pelvic floor. In case you missed it, here are the key points. We know that exercise is important for everyone for many reasons – weight…
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Pelivc Floor – Patient Spotlight

Patient spotlight The following two stories are typical of women we see with pelvic floor problems limiting their exercise. Names have been changed. Cathy is a 36 year old woman with three children. The youngest had just started school and, with a little more time available, Cathy wanted to regain some fitness and joined an…
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Returning to Sport & Exercise following childbirth

Returning to sport and exercise following childbirth Maybe you were a keen sportsperson before the birth of your baby or maybe you feel you need to do some exercise to return to pre-pregnancy strength and fitness. Either way, there are a few things for women to consider when returning to sport or exercise after childbirth.…
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