ADORE YOUR PELVIC FLOOR TRAINING

We are adding this date to The Pelvic Floor Awareness CPD training we offer.Saturday 27th June 1 pm – 5 pm to complete Sunday 28th June 1 pm – 4.30 pm

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This training day is a real eye-opener and so useful to us as health professionals.  Although this day is geared to Fitness Professionals, we have Midwives, Chiropractors, Physios, GP’s and Nurses attend this day as well.  
The day will be a taught within a small group of delegates using a mixture of theory, practical and video learning lasting 7 hours.

We cover the following: 
           The Pelvic Floor Awareness Workshop – Cost £150

  • Why education in regards to the pelvic floor is necessary
  • The statistics on incontinence for Women and Men in the UK and why Pelvic Dysfunction figures are continuing to rise
  • Contributing factors 
  • How to recognise who may require consideration of the foundation core muscles in regards to exercise prescription
  • Hypertonic/hypotonic muscles of the floor and the implications in exercise for your client
  • Pelvic Anatomy and Function explained simply 
  • How the pelvic floor affect the Core mechanics
  • Pelvis and spine alignment 
  • The mechanics of breath, core and the pelvic floor
  • Understanding Intra-Abdominal Pressure, the implications and management of
  • Finding the correct muscles and correct contraction of the pelvic floor group
  • How to properly cue the pelvic floor activation for both men and women
  • Pelvic floor coordination in movement
  • Pelvic floor loading Vs pelvic floor protection
  • Exercise & pelvic floor loading
  • Exercise & pelvic floor considerations/modifications
  • Functional pelvic floor strength

Attending this training day will give you a brilliant insight into the pelvic floor and the different conditions surrounding this subject, how to strengthen, the tools to recognise any of your clients/patients with issues and the modifications you can offer in the exercise prescription/Active Daily Living.    We have attached the Application and PARQ in both Open Word and PDF to suit your choice of technology.  If you would like to secure your place, please return the forms with payment ASAP where we will send you a receipted invoice.  We will also forward the workshop manual (the pre-course reading) that is necessary prior to attending, as we cover so much information on the day.  Please note that if cancellation is necessary after the manual has been sent to you we cannot refund but we will be very happy to transfer you to another workshop date.

EMAIL: enquiries@adoreyourpelvicfloor.co.uk

Common weak bladder causes

You may think a weak bladder causes bladder leakage or incontinence but, in fact, as many Pelvic Health physiotherapists will tell you, you don’t actually have a weak bladder but you may have weak Pelvic Floor muscles.

If you’ve started to avoid wearing lighter coloured clothes, always carry a big handbag with a change of clothes around with you or experience ‘Key in the door syndrome’ where you absolutely have to go the toilet as soon as you reach home, you may be experiencing bladder leakage caused by weak Pelvic Floor muscles. Don’t worry, you are not alone! One in three women experience bladder leakage 1 and two out of three women over 40 are affected.

That’s a lot of us women but, the good news is, you can strengthen your Pelvic Floor and treat bladder leakage so you’re able to wear your favourite pale clothes again or last longer before needing the toilet. SO, WHAT IS BLADDER LEAKAGE? Bladder leakage means that you pass urine when you don’t mean to. It can range from a small dribble now and then, to large floods of urine. The medical term for bladder leakage is ‘urinary incontinence’.

Leaks may be occasional or frequent depending on the severity and type of condition. In a recent poll of 2,000 women over 40, nine out of 10 sufferers said bladder leakage had a ‘major impact’ on their quality of life. 70% claimed to have suffered bladder leaks when they laughed, coughed or sneezed with one in three have experienced symptoms when running, jumping or engaging in other physical activities 2 . TYPES OF BLADDER LEAKAGE There are three different types of leakage: 1. Stress leakage. This is when urine leaks at times when your bladder is under pressure; for example as a result of exercise or when you laugh, cough or sneeze. Women will often notice this for the first time when they jump on a trampoline with their children. 2. Urgency leakage.

This is when urine leaks as you feel a sudden intense urge to urinate but can’t reach the toilet in time – it can happen to anyone at any age but is more common in women during and after the menopause. 3. Mixed bladder leakage. This is when both stress and urgency leakage are present. WHAT CAUSES BLADDER LEAKAGE? The most frequent cause of bladder leakage in women is Pelvic Floor muscle weakness.

The Pelvic Floor is a set of muscles that sit like a hammock between your tail bone (coccyx) and pubic bone and give control over our bladder and bowel. Weakened Pelvic Floor muscles in women may mean the bladder is not fully supported, leading to bladder leakage. The most common causes of weak Pelvic Floor muscles are pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, chronic straining and surgery. Pregnancy and Childbirth.

During pregnancy, hormonal changes and increasing weight of both the mum-to-be and baby can put a lot of stress on Pelvic Floor muscles from as early as 12 weeks. Childbirth can also have a further weakening effect especially if you have a large baby over 9lbs/4 kg, you push for a long time, have a forceps or ventouse delivery. Women who have a caesarean section delivery are also at risk due to the weight-gain and hormonal changes during pregnancy. Menopause The bladder is sensitive to the hormone oestrogen which is responsible for maintaining the elasticity of the supportive structures in the female pelvis. As you go through the menopause, your ovaries will gradually produce less oestrogen which causes Pelvic Floor muscles to weaken and reduce support for the bladder causing the sensitive nerves at the base of the bladder to send more frequent signals to the brain that we need the toilet.

Lower levels of oestrogen can also cause symptoms like dryness, itching and irritation in the vagina and bladder. These changes can cause you to go the toilet more frequently including having to get up at night to empty your bladder (nocturia). Chronic Straining Chronic coughing or chronic straining due to constipation can lead to unnecessary pressure on your Pelvic Floor weakening your muscles. Surgery Some women experience bladder leakage following abdominal surgery for example after a hysterectomy, bladder or bowel surgery. It’s important to exercise your Pelvic Floor muscles after having any abdominal surgery in accordance with advice from your healthcare professional.

Being overweight, repeated lifting of heavy objects or high impact exercises can also overload your Pelvic Floor. WHAT CAN HELP? The NHS recommends Pelvic Floor muscle exercises (sometimes called Kegel exercises) to help improve bladder leakage. It’s important to develop a regular Pelvic Floor exercise regime as an adult but particularly after having pregnancy and childbirth. Many women build them into their daily routine, doing them first thing in the morning, during the TV ad breaks, when brushing their teeth or after a fitness workout. Learn how to locate your Pelvic Floor muscles and how to do them correctly here . In our recent survey, 96% of women have heard of Pelvic Floor exercises but only 10% do them regularly 2 . In fact, clinical evidence suggests that a s many as, 50% of women are not doing their exercises correctly in any case 3 4 .

Through no fault of their own, many women simply do not have a good connection to their Pelvic Floor or they have very weak muscles that are hard to find. 2 This is where a Pelvic Floor trainer like Pelviva ® can help to strengthen Pelvic Floor muscles and treat bladder leakage. Pelviva mimics the way the body works naturally effectively doing your Pelvic Floor exercises for you, sending pulses to the muscles and re-training them how to contract as they should. Pelviva also helps you recognise the feeling of doing Pelvic Floor muscle exercises correctly. In a clinical study, 84% of women using Pelviva for 12-weeks reported improved bladder control and found it easy-to-use, reporting no side-effects. 5 Furthermore, in a separate market research study, 80% of women using Pelviva reported significant improvements after three weeks usage (9 Pelviva), such as renewed confidence, longer time ​between loo breaks, more sleep due to not needing to get up multiple times in the night, and the ability to try new forms of exercise. Some women who use Pelviva have told us that they have been able to stop using incontinence pads and no longer need to change their clothes on a regular basis due to leakage.

6 Find out further information at Pelviva.com and for more information on other types of bladder conditions visit, Bladder and Bowel UK . References 1. Hunskaar S, Lose G, Sykes D, Voss S. The prevalence of urinary incontinence in women in four European countries. BJU Int. 2004 Feb;93(3):324-30. 2. Femeda data on file. Survey of 2000 women over 40. Aug 2019 3.Bø K., Larsen S., Oseid S. et al. (1988) Knowledge about and ability to correct pelvic floor muscle exercises in women with stress urinary incontinence. Neurology and Urodynamics. 69, 261-262. 4. Bump R.C., Hunt W.G., Fantl J.A., Wyman J.F. (1991). Assessment of Kegel pelvic muscle exercise performance after brief verbal instruction. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 165, 322- 329. 5. Oldham J, Herbert J, McBride K. Evaluation of a new disposable ‘tampon-like’ electrostimulation technology (Pelviva ® ) for the treatment of urinary incontinence in women: a 12-week single blind randomized controlled trial. Neurourology Urodynamics 2013; 32(5):460-466. doi 10.1002/nau.22326. 6. Kirk Research 2019

PESSARIES PROTECTING WOMEN’S BEST KEPT SECRET!

Pessaries helping support women’s best kept secret

All about the pelvic floor

Around 50% of women will experience some kind of pelvic organ prolapse or/and incontinence episode during their life.

There are many reasons for this ranging from childbirth to hereditary reasons. It is important to have a proper diagnosis (yet so many go undiagnosed as pelvic organ prolapse can be there one day and not visible the next).

Pelvic floor exercises have been proven to help and in some cases ‘cure’. But it is important to realise that when you stop doing pelvic floor exercises there is a significant chance that the prolapse/incontinence will return.

Where do you start? The moment you experience any kind of incontinence or symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse you must call your doctor or women’s health physiotherapist for an assessment. Make a diary of your experiences to help your medical advisor see what has been going on. Make a note of what activities you were doing…

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Levator Avulsion: Simply Explained

One of the best explanations I have seen on Levator Avulsion

sue croft physiotherapist blog

Seven or eight years ago, I had an ‘Oh My God’  moment in a lecture at one of our National Conferences. Professor Peter Dietz, a Sydney Urogynaecologist, was revealing to the attentive audience of doctors, physiotherapists and nurses that, what had been always attributed to nerve damage in the pelvic floor muscles, was in fact sometimes due to a concept called Levator Avulsion– where part or all of the pelvic floor muscles were pulled off the pubic bone on one or both sides. Peter used 3D/4 D ultrasound to confirm his findings and similarly Professor John DeLancey, a world-renowned anatomist and urogynaecologist from the USA, discovered the same concept through MRI technology. levator avulsion

The levator ani muscles (particularly pubo-rectalis) forms the levator hiatus and is of central importance in pelvic organ support and the maintenance of urinary and faecal continence. Avulsion injuries– are a disconnection of the muscle from its insertion on the inferior pubic…

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Gluing your labia shut during your period is a bad idea

Glue stick to the labia??? BAD IDEA

Dr. Jen Gunter

Some dude chiropractor in Kansas wants women to glue their labia shut during their period as an option to pads, tampons, and a menstrual cup. His product is called mensez, you know, because it sounds like menses.

mensez.

He claims to have invented some amazing sealant that you apply to the labia minora to seal them together holding in blood. This amazing sealant will then magically release when you urinate, allowing the blood to flow into the toilet. Once you have finished your urinary business then you simply reapply and go on with your day until your next urge to empty your bladder. He calls it feminine lipstick, get it? Because it goes on your labia.

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This is stupid for some many reasons it hurts my brain. Here are my top four:

  1. This dude wants us to believe he has invented a miracle skin sealant that is magically reversible with…

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The Hemorrhoid: The World’s Biggest Pain In The Butt — Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center

By Malinda Wright Hemorrhoids. About 75% of us will have one at some point in our lives,1 and half of us will have had one before the age of 50.2 Surprised? It’s not the kind of thing we … Continue reading → The post The Hemorrhoid: The World’s Biggest Pain In The Butt…

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Complete shewee survival kit ideal for festivals

off to a festival ladies? Keep your private bits clean with Shewee festival and survival pack. Get a free led torch with every kit

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We found some great deals on Shewee survival kit.

Going off to a festival then don’t go without being prepared. Look at the shewee survival kit and all its goodies inside.

Everything you need for your trip.

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Festivals upon us and nowhere to pee!

Shewee survival box has everything you need to enjoy your fesival or camping trip. Don’t get caught short ladies. Now you can wee just like a man.

No  bums in the air, no sitting on dirty toilet seats.

Shewee is washable and comes with its own discreet carry case. So versitile, take anywhere, everywhere!

Sizes:

  • Small – Size 8-10
  • Medium – Size 12-14
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Shewee Survival box contains :

  • 1 Shewee
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  • 1Pocket Knife – 8 function pocket knife
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AARP recognizes family caregivers across US, presents Portrait of Care to Mukwonago woman

Mukwonago, Wisconsin – November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 40 million Americans – including an estimated 578,000 from Wisconsin – who help older parents, spouses, and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be.

The unpaid care they provide, such as managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more, is valued at about $7 billion in Wisconsin alone.

Sherrie Palm of Mukwonago is one of these unsung heroes.

Sherrie is in the “sandwich generation,” providing support throughout much of her life for both parents and children, including step-children. Sherrie is the founder and Executive Director for the healthcare nonprofit Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support. Her caregiving work has been an add-on.

“I learned as I went. You make mistakes, but you only make them once. I’m an all-cards-on-the-table kind of person, so I learn by asking questions. We all want to keep the wheels turning. We all feel guilty – like we should do more. I am able to find balance by laughing and focusing on the funny,” she said.

AARP Wisconsin is recognizing Sherrie with a “Portrait of Care,” which is an artist’s painting of her with a loved one.

Selected through AARP’s storytelling initiative called “I Heart Caregivers”, Sherrie is among 53 family caregivers chosen nationwide, including one each from each state, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to receive a hand-painted portrait.

Thousands of caregivers have shared their stories on the website www.aarp.org/iheartcaregivers

“We want to celebrate family caregivers, spotlight their experiences of hope, love, dedication and perseverance, and elevate their stories – especially during National Family Caregivers Month,” said Sam Wilson of AARP Wisconsin, which serves about 820,000 Wisconsinites age 50 and older. “This is especially important as we work to support family caregivers through public policy, education, outreach and more.

“Family caregivers are the backbone of our care system, serving a crucial role in helping older Wisconsinites and other loved ones remain in their own homes and communities as long as possible,” Wilson said. “That’s why AARP is fighting for commonsense solutions to help make their big responsibilities a little bit easier.”

For nearly 15 years Sherrie has provided guidance for her parents and son, Erik – now age 27 – who has aggressive Lyme and additional underlying health concerns. Her father has degenerative spine issues while her mother suffers from genetic endocrine disorders and severe arthritis. “The backdrop of everything I do is to help out on either side as best I can,” she said.

Sherrie stays in daily contact with her son and visits her parents every chance she gets. She cooks dinner, shares funny stories, stays overnight and helps manage medical consultations and quality of life needs.

“I’ve come to recognize that on days when I feel like the mayo on all three layers of a triple-decker sandwich, nothing feeds my soul and recharges my battery like humor,” she says.

“Being a sandwich boomer is all day every day. At times do I feel like my life is absurd sideways? You bet. Would I trade a single aspect of it? Not on your life. If I can get the people I care about to laugh out loud, it fires my engines and I’m good to go.”

Earlier this year, AARP conducted a statewide survey of registered voters age 45 and older in Wisconsin to learn about their experiences, challenges and needs as family caregivers, and attitudes toward public policy that would support family caregivers.

The survey found that family caregivers in Wisconsin provide 538 million hours of care per year to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones. They help with daily activities such as bathing or dressing, preparing meals, administering medications, driving to doctor visits, and paying bills.

“This report demonstrates that we need to do more to assist the hundreds of thousands of caregivers in our state,” said Wilson said. “Some of the things that will help family caregivers include improved workplace flexibility, respite care, tax credits and home care services.”

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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. We advocate for consumers in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www. aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP VIVA, a bilingual news source.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org. 

AARP recognizes family caregivers across US, presents Portrait of Care to Mukwonago woman

Mukwonago, Wisconsin – November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 40 million Americans – including an estimated 578,000 from Wisconsin – who help older parents, spouses, and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be.

The unpaid care they provide, such as managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more, is valued at about $7 billion in Wisconsin alone.

Sherrie Palm of Mukwonago is one of these unsung heroes.

Sherrie is in the “sandwich generation,” providing support throughout much of her life for both parents and children, including step-children. Sherrie is the founder and Executive Director for the healthcare nonprofit Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support. Her caregiving work has been an add-on.

“I learned as I went. You make mistakes, but you only make them once. I’m an all-cards-on-the-table kind of person, so I learn by asking questions. We all want to keep the wheels turning. We all feel guilty – like we should do more. I am able to find balance by laughing and focusing on the funny,” she said.

AARP Wisconsin is recognizing Sherrie with a “Portrait of Care,” which is an artist’s painting of her with a loved one.

Selected through AARP’s storytelling initiative called “I Heart Caregivers”, Sherrie is among 53 family caregivers chosen nationwide, including one each from each state, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to receive a hand-painted portrait.

Thousands of caregivers have shared their stories on the website www.aarp.org/iheartcaregivers

“We want to celebrate family caregivers, spotlight their experiences of hope, love, dedication and perseverance, and elevate their stories – especially during National Family Caregivers Month,” said Sam Wilson of AARP Wisconsin, which serves about 820,000 Wisconsinites age 50 and older. “This is especially important as we work to support family caregivers through public policy, education, outreach and more.

“Family caregivers are the backbone of our care system, serving a crucial role in helping older Wisconsinites and other loved ones remain in their own homes and communities as long as possible,” Wilson said. “That’s why AARP is fighting for commonsense solutions to help make their big responsibilities a little bit easier.”

For nearly 15 years Sherrie has provided guidance for her parents and son, Erik – now age 27 – who has aggressive Lyme and additional underlying health concerns. Her father has degenerative spine issues while her mother suffers from genetic endocrine disorders and severe arthritis. “The backdrop of everything I do is to help out on either side as best I can,” she said.

Sherrie stays in daily contact with her son and visits her parents every chance she gets. She cooks dinner, shares funny stories, stays overnight and helps manage medical consultations and quality of life needs.

“I’ve come to recognize that on days when I feel like the mayo on all three layers of a triple-decker sandwich, nothing feeds my soul and recharges my battery like humor,” she says.

“Being a sandwich boomer is all day every day. At times do I feel like my life is absurd sideways? You bet. Would I trade a single aspect of it? Not on your life. If I can get the people I care about to laugh out loud, it fires my engines and I’m good to go.”

Earlier this year, AARP conducted a statewide survey of registered voters age 45 and older in Wisconsin to learn about their experiences, challenges and needs as family caregivers, and attitudes toward public policy that would support family caregivers.

The survey found that family caregivers in Wisconsin provide 538 million hours of care per year to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones. They help with daily activities such as bathing or dressing, preparing meals, administering medications, driving to doctor visits, and paying bills.

“This report demonstrates that we need to do more to assist the hundreds of thousands of caregivers in our state,” said Wilson said. “Some of the things that will help family caregivers include improved workplace flexibility, respite care, tax credits and home care services.”

Sherrie Palm
Sherrie Palm

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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. We advocate for consumers in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www. aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP VIVA, a bilingual news source.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.