Pelvic floor Tag

Almost one in five Australian women will be affected by pelvic organ prolapse (POP) during their lifetime. Many women may feel lost when it comes moving well, or returning to exercise with POP, but there are many ways to help return to movement that you enjoy whilst protecting your pelvic floor. Whether you are a candidature for surgery, or during rehabilitation from surgery, exercise has an important role in reconnecting and strengthening your pelvic floor muscles and the musculature surrounding the pelvis. WHAT IS POP? POP is the displacement of a pelvic organ (bladder, bowel or uterus) onto the vaginal wall. All of the...

As our lifestyles change and women have children at a later age the prevalence of Gestational Diabetes has risen. Currently 68 Australian women are diagnosed every day. There are many treatment options available including dietary changes implemented by an Accredited Dietitian and regular exercise prescribed by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. Regular exercise can help manage blood sugar levels, and improve the health and well being of both mum and bubs. Never fear, this exercise doesn’t have to be hours in a gym, it can be as gentle as a daily walk! What is Gestational Diabetes? Gestational Diabetes is typically tested for at 24...

Before we answer the question of the article let me first explain the components of the pelvis, or pelvic girdle.   The pelvic girdle is made up of the sacrum, coccyx and the hip bones which are in turn made of the ilium, ischium and pubis. The functions of these structures are the transfer weight from the upper body to the lower body, to provide an enormous amount of attachment sites for various tendons and ligaments and to protect the pelvic viscera. So, as we can hopefully see, the pelvic girdle is a very important part of our anatomy and maintaining its proper...

Ensuring a safe return to activity post-partum is incredibly important. Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Esme Soane, explains why.   Congratulations mum – you have just had a baby! A lot of new mums are keen to return to the gym and ready to get their ‘pre-baby-body’ back. But slow down mamma, let me stop you there… Your body underwent massive physiological changes throughout your pregnancy,  including your heart, lungs, hormones, muscles and pelvic floor. And on top of that -  your body is still changing and essentially, recovering from pregnancy for up to 12 months after birth! Pregnancy hormones like relaxin are present if you...