We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website! After months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce the new site is available and the URL is www.newcastleintegratedphysiotherapy.com.au.
Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors an easier way to learn about Newcastle Integrated Physiotherapy services and solutions and also to allow the visitor to browse information based on their own choice. The new website is interactive and gives better access to About Us, Services, Newsroom and Contact. Our current and prospective clients will find useful information about our extended services.
Amongst the new features the site contains integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin to foster improved communication with the clients. We will be constantly updating our content with helpful information, articles, blogs, newsletters and company announcements.
We hope you find the new website with a fresh look, easy to access information and we also wish to establish this portal as a source of information for those who visits our site.
For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please email us.
If you take people without back pain and put them through a CT scan or MRI, you get some
|37% of 20 year olds||30% of 20 year olds|
|80% of 50 year olds||60% of 50 year olds|
|96% of 80 year olds||84% of 80 year olds|
|Have "disc degeneration"||Have "disc bulging"|
It turns out that some of these changes are just normal part of the ageing process. If your MRI says something scary, don't be afraid. Herniated discs, facet joint osteoarthritis and other signs of degeneration sound scary but in fact they are very normal! These findings compare with grey hair or getting bald and are not always pain producing structures. If you are not sure of the language used in a scan talk to the physiotherapists at Newcastle Integrated Physiotherapy for advice.
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Statistics show that 70% of people with urinary incontinence do not seek advice or treatment for their problem (Millard, 1998). Below are some facts on incontinence, and what you can do if you're experiencing symptoms.
The term 'Incontinence' refers to "accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder, or faeces or wind from the bowel" (Continence Foundation of Australia).Incontinence can vary in degree of severity, from a very small leak, to complete loss of bladder or bowel control.
Up to 13% of Australian men and 37% of Australian women (i.e. 1 in 3) experience urinary incontinence.
There are many different types of incontinence, with the most common ones listed below:* Stress incontinence
* Urge incontinence* Mixed incontinence
Gluteal muscle strengthening exercises are also recommended, because they help PFMs to work at optimal length, and help support the pelvis and sacrum (Continence Foundation of Australia).Studies have shown that 84% of women with stress urinary incontinence are cured with PFM training after five physiotherapy sessions (Neumann PB et al., 2005).
Research shows up to 50% of women who attempt Kegel Exercises from a handout get the technique wrong, which can worsen the problem (Bump et al., 1991).Potential implications may include long-term problems such as further weakening of PFMs, continued incontinence, prolapsed or pelvic instability (Continence Foundation of Australia).
|Posted in: Women's Health Physiotherapy Newcastle|
During pregnancy, the growing uterus stretches the muscles in the abdomen. This can cause the two large parallel bands of muscles that meet in the middle of the abdomen to separate a condition called diastasis recti or diastasis recti abdominis. Diastatsis recti reduces the integrity and functional strength of the abdominal wall and can aggravate lower back pain and pelvic instability.
Women expecting more than one baby, petite women, those with a pronounced sway back, or with poor abdominal muscle tone are at risk. For some women, it simply how their bodies respond to pregnancy
If you lie on your back, knees bent at 90° with feet flat, slightly lift the head placing chin on chest. Your muscles will tense and you can place your fingers on the midline. Separation consisting of a width of 2 fingertips or more is the determining factor for diagnosing diastasis recti.
Don't panic if you feel a "gap" in your belly in the first few postpartum weeks. Everyone's connective tissue at the midline is lax after childbirth. As you recover, your midline will slowly regain its former density and elasticity, and the "gap" will become shallower.
How Can I Reduce the Separation?
Exercise can be used to improve the integrity of the abdominal muscles and should be undertaken as the first approach to healing. There are many home workout programs, such as the MuTu System or the Tummy Team that are designed specifically to strengthen the core while avoiding exercises that can exacerbate the problem, such as crunches -- a major diastasis recti no-no. If you are concerned in any way an appointment with a specially trained physiotherapist is recommended to receive the correct guidance and advice.
Please consult our Women's health specialist physiotherapist for further information or for assessment of your Diastasis Recti.
|Posted in: Women's Health Physiotherapy Newcastle|