What’s the big deal?

Incontinence is a big problem in both women and men of all ages. The Continence Foundation of Australia states that over 4.8 million Australians experience bladder or bowel control problems. They also note that 65% of women and 30% of men, sitting in a GP waiting room report some type of urinary incontinence, yet only 31% of these people report having sought help from a health professional (Byles & Chiarelli, 2003).

Don’t be embarrassed to seek help!

Coming up to Mothers Day we want to ensure all women, whether it is yourself, mother, aunt, daughter, grandmother or friend, know the facts and seek help when needed. One of the main reasons women do not seek professional help is from lack of knowledge or embarrassment, and we want to ensure women do not suffer in silence but rather seek help.

Causes of incontinence

Some of the main causes for urinary incontinence include pregnancy (both pre and postnatal women), obesity, menopause, constipation and recurrent urinary tract infections. Urinary incontinence (along with other risk factors) is also a risk factor for faecal incontinence. Small changes such as adjusting your diet, lifestyle and behaviours may be all that is needed to prevent or cure urinary incontinence.

The importance of your pelvic floor

The pelvic floor is very important in controlling incontinence and many other women’s health related issues such as prolapse and pelvic pain. Specialised physiotherapy for the pelvic floor is the best place to start to help any of these issues. The pelvic floor contains muscles just like any other part of the body, which can be weak or strong and therefore can be treated with strengthening exercises, relaxation exercises, manual therapy and/or other modalities.

Getting the facts and seeking help

Most people believe that all we need to do is strengthen the pelvic floor, which for some patients is true, however for other patients e.g. pelvic pain patients, simply strengthening the pelvic floor may actually make the pain worse.  A full women’s health assessment will give your Women’s Health physiotherapist the correct information to be able to guide you and give you the correct treatment to prevent, lessen or cure your incontinence.

Some helpful tips:

  1. Incontinence is very common
  2. Help is available
  3. Don’t sit in silence… seek help
  4. The Pelvic Floor is important in helping incontinence and many other women’s health related issues
  5. Simply strengthening your pelvic floor may not always be the answer
  6. See a specialised Women’s Health physio for a full assessment to give you the correct advice

Special event

Join us in supporting women around Australia! We are SO excited to announce our special Mothers Day aerial yoga class on Thursday 5 May at 6.45pm. All proceeds will be going to the Continence Foundation of Australia to support the amazing research and education programs they run.

The $30 class includes yummy bliss balls and tea after class! Call us now to book your place: 8090 8150.
Our Women’s Health physio Shana-Lee will be available to answer any of your questions.

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Larry is a highly skilled physiotherapist who specialises in treating back and neck pain, postural issues and scoliosis. He is certified in Schroth and SEAS methods and through the Egoscue University. Larry has a background in elite gymnastics and springboard diving and also has many years experience in endurance running and triathlons. His specialist knowledge and techniques have seen him appointed as a gymnastics coach and physiotherapist at both the Olympics Games and Special Olympics.

His passion and driving philosophy is about achieving the best outcomes for his patients utilising an amalgam of the latest techniques and theories while recognising there may sometimes be a need for invasive procedures. Where deemed appropriate Larry will then refer to a specialist. To further his holistic understanding and approach, Larry is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Spinal Deformity and regularly attends and speaks at international conferences and courses and clinics.

Fun fact: Larry is learning how to surf - so be careful next time you go to the beach! Qualifications: B.Sc (Physiotherapy); M.Sc. (Exercise Physiology); Advanced Certificates in Schroth (BSPTS) and Egoscue (PAS) and SEAS Larry is Level II certified (advanced) in the conservative treatment of Scoliosis based on the Schroth method. The training was conducted by Dr Manuel Rigo of the Barcelona School at Scoliosis Rehab Inc in Wisconsin. He has completed his SEAS scoliosis treatment training at ISICO in Milan. Larry has also spent time working with Dr Rigo in the Barcelona clinic. Larry also has advanced certificates in shoulder treatment, posture alignment therapy and acupuncture.