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Empowered Motherhood Program with Lyz Evans and Kimmy Smith

Empowered Motherhood Program with Lyz Evans and Kimmy Smith

September 6, 2021

I reached out to Lyz Evans and Kimmy Smith to to tell me about the Empowered Motherhood Program because I have watched them work tirelessly to create such a comprehensive and brilliant program and I think everyone needs to know about it. And a side note, this is NOT a paid advertisement. I just believe in this and wish I had their collective brains :).

Lyz Evans is a co-founder of the Empowered Motherhood Program, an APA titled Womens and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, with over 17 years experience in both the public and private sector. She is the founder of Women in Focus Physiotherapy in Sydney, and spent over 10 years working at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney in Maternity, Oncology and Gynaecology. 

Lyz completed her Womens Health Masters through Curtin University in 2017, and as apart of her Masters has published clinical research in the International Urogynecology Journal reporting on the multifaceted longer term impacts to a woman of sustaining an Obstetric Anal Sphincter injury. 

She is also a busy mum to three young children and has an unwavering passion for armouring women with quality information to enable them to make better choices for their health. 

Kimmy Smith is the co-founder of the Empowered Motherhood Program. She is a pregnancy and postnatal exercise specialist, maternal health advocate and a proud Mum to three little girls. Kimmy was a former professional athlete and corporate lawyer. She played at the elite level for over 10 years, representing the NSW Swifts and was a member of the Australia Diamonds Squad. Drawing from her experience as a professional athlete, Kimmy is passionate about supporting women to feel strong during their pregnancy and  to return to exercise in a safe and positive way after birth. 

Health care professionals listening to The Pelvic Health Podcast can use the link to access:

  • Two Week Free Trial for Health Care Professionals. 
  • Links to our Find a Physio page where they can list their clinic and reach our members. 
  • EMP Member Pathway 
  • List of Included Content. 
  • Testimonails from Women’s Health Physiotherapists using the program. 

 https://www.empoweredmother.com.au/the-EMP-for-Health-Professionals 

 

Other links:

WHTA - Women's Health Training Associates

ICS 2021 Melbourne (online)

Physiotherapy-Led Pelvic Health Clinics

Physiotherapy-Led Pelvic Health Clinics

August 6, 2021

To address long hospital waitlists and improve patient access to care for pelvic floor conditions such as #incontinence and #prolapse , physiotherapy-led pelvic health clinics were introduced as a new model of care for gynaecology, urogynaecology and colorectal patients. Two physiotherapists involved in the evolution of this model of care are Jenny Nucifora and Janelle Greitschus (bios below). In this episode, they explain how this model was developed, the research supporting it's positive impact, and the role and pathway for advance practice physiotherapists in this setting.

 

Bios:

Jenny Nucifora is the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist in the Physiotherapy Led Pelvic Health Clinic at Gold Coast Health. This part time primary contact role within the urogynaecology team Clinic, was established in December 2016, to provide timely conservative management interventions as part of a strategy to reduce the urogynaecology waiting lists. Jenny continues to work part time in her private practice, Focus On Women Physiotherapy, at Benowa, Gold Coast, Queensland. She has been a Women’s Health physiotherapist for more than 25 years. Her research interests are in improving care of women with urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, and the development of women’s health physiotherapists.

Janelle Greitschus is a clinical lead physiotherapist in the Pelvic Health Clinic at the QEII Jubilee Hospital, Metro South, Brisbane. This is a part time primary contact role associated with the Gynaecology, Urogynaecology, Urology and Colorectal Departments of this hospital. This clinic was established in 2016 and is designed to reduce the waiting lists of those clinical specialties by providing conservative care for patients with pelvic floor dysfunction prior to them seeing a medical specialist. Conditions included are: urinary or faecal incontinence, urogenital or rectal prolapse, obstructed defaecation or constipation. This provides a streamlined model of care following evidence based practice.

Janelle continues to work at Results Physiotherapy Private practice part-time, treating patients with pelvic floor dysfunction.

Janelle has a sessional teaching role at the Griffith University, Gold Coast and Nathan campuses teaching continence and Womens health physiotherapy in the Undergraduate and Masters of Physiotherapy programmes.

Janelle has been involved in teaching the Assessment and Treatment of the Pelvic Floor Course offered by the APA since the late 1990s until the recent introduction of the Womens, Men’s and Pelvic Health level 1 and 2 courses. She has been part of the successful research grant application “To assess the success and acceptability of a physiotherapy management program to treat urinary incontinence in indigenous women in a community based indigenous health service.”

 

Research:

Jenny - ResearchGate, email: jennifer.nucifora@health.qld.gov.au

Do patients discharged from the physiotherapy-led pelvic health

clinic re-present to the urogynaecology service? May 2021

Outcomes of a physiotherapy-led pelvic health clinic.

Patient Perceptions of a Group-Based Lifestyle Intervention for Overweight Women with Urinary Incontinence: A Qualitative Descriptive Study

Overactive bladder and dementia risk with anticholinergics with Dr Kerac Falk

Overactive bladder and dementia risk with anticholinergics with Dr Kerac Falk

June 18, 2021

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a very common condition involving urinary urgency, with or without incontinence, plus frequency and nocturia. In this episode, urogynaecologist Dr. Kerac Falk joins me to discuss general information on overactive bladder (OAB) with a focus on the medical treatment options - particularly involving recent research he has worked on as part of a team regarding very common anticholinergic medication for OAB and evidence of potential dementia risk.

Dr. Kerac Falk is a urogynecologist (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgeon), and recently accepted an Assistant Professor of Urogynecology position at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. He has been involved in researching recurrent UTIs, biofilm, fluid dynamics and our focus for today’s episode was based on his research as part of a founding member of the "Fellows OAB Taskforce for Treatment accessibility” advocacy group.

Dr. Falk will be starting to see patients at his new practice in August 2021. You can find him through his new website (keracfalkmd.com) and a professional Instagram (@keracfalkMD) and Twitter (@KeracFalkMD).

 

Recent OAB publications include:

  • Menhaji K, Cardenas-Trowers OO, Chang OH, Hall EF, Ringel NE, Falk KAnticholinergic Prescribing Pattern Changes of Urogynecology Providers in Response to Evidence of Potential Dementia Risk. Int. Urogynecol.J. Accepted for publication 1/2021, available online 3/2021, pending print.
  • Escobar C, Falk KMehta S, et al. Rethinking Second-Line Therapy for Overactive Bladder to Improve Patient Access to Treatment. Obstet. Gynecol. 2021 Mar;137:1-8.
  • Johnson TM, Goode PS, Hammontree L, Markland AD, Vaughan CP, Ouslander JG, Falk K, McGwin G, Burgio KL. An Exploratory Analysis of Tamsulosin for Overactive Bladder (OAB) in Men With Varying Voiding Symptom Burden. Urology. 2021 Jan 20:S0090-4295(21)00085-6. 
  • Bennett AT, Ringel NE, Menhaji K, Brown OE, Hall EF, Cardenas-Trowers OO, Falk K, Jeney SES, Barnes H, Escobar C, Tellechea LM, Sappenfield EC, Mehta S, Chang OH. "First, Do No Harm"-Trainees' Observation of Risk Reduction in the Treatment of Overactive Bladder. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2021 Jan 1;27(1):2-4.

 

Enjoy and thanks again to Always Discreet for sponsoring this episode!

New ICS Podcast Teaser with Prof Paul Hodges on Balancing Mobility, Stability and the Pelvic Floor

New ICS Podcast Teaser with Prof Paul Hodges on Balancing Mobility, Stability and the Pelvic Floor

May 24, 2021

The International Continence Society Podcast is coming!

On behalf of the ICS Institute of Physiotherapy, I had the pleasure of interviewing Professor Paul Hodges for Episode 1 on Balancing Mobility and Stability within the #pelvicfloor and am excited to be able to share some of it here first. This episode on The Pelvic Health Podcast is only half of our discussion - you can catch the entire episode as of June 1 (2021) on the new ICS Podcast through their website and all major podcast platforms like iTunes and Spotify. The ICS Podcast series line-up is not to be missed and aims to highlight the amazing speakers in pelvic health that will be presenting at this year’s ICS Virtual Conference on October 14-17.

So sit back and get ready to be floored by only some of the wisdom of Prof Paul Hodges on concepts and research on pelvic floor muscle stiffness, movement, pain, strength and so much more. Don't forget to look for the new ICS Podcast in June to listen to the rest of this episode and so much more!

 

Thank you to Always Discreet for sponsoring this episode of The Pelvic Health Podcast.

 

Surgical journey for DRA repair with physiotherapist and patient Liz Lush

Surgical journey for DRA repair with physiotherapist and patient Liz Lush

March 31, 2021

Liz Lush is a Brisbane physiotherapist and clinical lead at Mummy and Co Physiotherapy and Fitness, childbirth educator and tutor for physiotherapy students, and a mother of 4 children. Today she shares her journey (21 days post surgery at the time of recording this) for her large #diastasis or often called #DRA or #DRAM. For previous episodes covering more on DRA research and practical exercise tips, check out the previous episodes (click on the links) with Dr David Larson in July 2020 and physiotherapist Lashonda Jones in Sept 2020

In addition to treating women with DRA for years, Liz not only had a large DRA, she had a ventral hernia, and discusses the different kinds of surgeries and how her journey led her to make the surgical decision. She has such an interesting perspective as both a clinician and a patient.

Follow her visual journey on Instagram at MummyandCoPhysio 

 

Listen and enjoy and a big thanks to Always Discreet for sponsoring this episode of The Pelvic Health Podcast. Head to Always Discreet to learn more about bladder leak tips, management and incredible bladder leakage protection!

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Always Discreet presents Urinary Incontinence with physio Cath Willis

Always Discreet presents Urinary Incontinence with physio Cath Willis

February 20, 2021

Today is an extra special episode! We have physiotherapist Cath Willis back (go find the episode on breast health from April 2018) to talk about #bladder leakage, or technically known as urinary incontinence. She breaks down the types and causes for urinary #incontinence, what physiotherapists look for as part of assessment and ways we can help treat this, as well as understanding the importance bladder leak protection products such as Always Discreet.

Not only is Cath a wealth of clinical knowledge in her roles as a pelvic health physiotherapist for Queensland Health and Movements Solutions Physiotherapy in Brisbane, she was our previous Chair of the APA's Women's, Men's and Pelvic Health National Group, is the New Chair of the APA's National Advisory Council, and teaches the undergraduate Gender Health subject to physiotherapy students at Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. 

On that note, I want to say a very big thank you to Always Discreet as this entire episode has been made possible by their support.

For more than 30 years across the world, Always has been helping women with their menstruation needs thanks to its comprehensive line of period pads and liners. The brand gained global accolades for some of its previous topical campaigns, including “Like A Girl” and “End Period Poverty.”

As a brand, Always’ purpose has been to empower and help females everywhere live life to their fullest potential. Not only have they created a superior line-up of bladder leak protection products called Always Discreet, they have helped to educate women around the globe about the help from doctors and physiotherapists available for bladder leakage rather than just telling women to use their products and ignore it.

But, what makes the Always Discreet range so great?

  • It’s specifically designed for incredible protection from bladder leaks (vs. menstruation needs)
  • It features breakthrough technology via a super-absorbent core that turns liquid into gel and locks in odours
  • Its products on the range are surprisingly thin and discreet, helping you feel more comfortable and confident going about your everyday life

Now sit back and enjoy!

 

Prep for Pushing in Labour with physiotherapist Anita Lambert

Prep for Pushing in Labour with physiotherapist Anita Lambert

February 9, 2021

Anita Lambert is a Registered Pelvic Health & Orthopaedic Physiotherapist with a focus on #prenatal, #birth prep and #postpartum care, as well as the co-host of the To Birth & Beyond podcast. She’s one of the few #physiotherapists in Canada to have completed physiodoula training which blends physiotherapy expertise with birth doula support and now assists this professional course taught in Canada.

She joins me today to talk about preparation around stage 2 in labour - what happens in the body, how can we help with breath and #pelvicfloor, where do physiotherapists play a role.

Links for today:

 

More of Anita's bio:

Anita is passionate about helping #pregnant physiotherapy clients connect more with their body including their pelvic floor plus keep you active and comfortable during pregnancy while you prepare for birth which will give you a head start on your postpartum recovery. She enjoys helping postpartum clients navigate their recovery and return to activities they love including exercise, sports and dance without pain and pelvic floor symptoms.

Anita created her Bump to Birth online course which guides you step by step to prepare you, your pelvic floor and core for birth and co hosts the To Birth & Beyond podcast to share this information to help people around the world. 

Growing up as a ballet dancer and athlete, Anita was always fascinated with how the body moved and healed. Her love for sport led her to become the team therapist for the McMaster University women’s rugby and basketball teams.

She completed her clinicial Pilates rehab training during her final physiotherapy clinical placement in Brisbane, Australia alongside working with semi-professional ballet dancers. She brought this knowledge back to Toronto to start off her physiotherapy career including becoming an on-site physiotherapist for Canada’s Ballet Jorgen and Past President of Healthy Dancer Canada, an organization that fosters and facilitates communication and collaboration among the dance community, health professionals and researchers. 

Outside of work, you can find Anita practicing yoga or Pilates, strength training or enjoying the outdoors and spending quality time with her husband and energetic 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son.
 
 
 
 
Upcoming courses/lectures discussed:
 

Smart Education PowerTalk : "Strength training and the female pelvic floor: what we all need to know

 

IUGA International Symposium on A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Prevention and Management of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Listen and enjoy and a big thanks to Always Discreet for sponsoring this episode of The Pelvic Health Podcast. Head to Always Discreet to learn more about bladder leak tips, management and incredible bladder leakage protection!

Menstrual cycle and athletic performance with Dr. Kirsty Elliott-Sale

Menstrual cycle and athletic performance with Dr. Kirsty Elliott-Sale

January 1, 2021

What better way to start off 2021 with Associate Professor Dr. Kirsty Elliott-Sale discussing the #menstrual cycle and how sex #hormones may affect #exercise performance in the general female population.

Dr. Elliott-Sale is the Head of the Musculoskeletal Physiology Research Group at Nottingham Trent University in England and lectures in the areas of Exercise Physiology, particularly in Female Physiology, Endocrinology, Performance, and Health. She has more than 20 years of experience working with females, elite female athletes and maternal populations including expertise in regards to the design and implementation of exercise-based interventions.

Since the completion of her PhD, which examined the effects of female reproductive hormones on muscle strength, her research has concentrated on various aspects of health and athletic performance in female populations.

In this episode we cover:

  • the stages of the menstrual cycle – simplified so we all understand!
    (CLICK HERE AND HERE FOR MENSTRUAL CYCLE PHOTOS TO FOLLOW ALONG)
  • if hormonal changes influence athletic performance
  • whether the research supports females training according to their menstrual cycle
  • How oral contraceptives change the picture

She also recently recorded a brilliant podcast episode with BJSM so do not miss it – it’s a great compliment to this one! 

Her Twitter account @ElliottSale

Open Access Papers:

Listen and enjoy and a big thanks to Always Discreet for sponsoring this episode of The Pelvic Health Podcast. Head to Always Discreet to learn more about bladder leak tips, management and incredible bladder leakage protection!

After gynaecological cancer with Melanie Roussin

After gynaecological cancer with Melanie Roussin

December 11, 2020

So many gynaecological cancer survivors, particularly younger females, are left with a poor sexual quality of life and not many are asking about this or helping provide tools to help. Out of the 3 million women living with gynaecological cancers, up to 70% live with temporary or permanent sexual difficulties.

Our guest today, Melaine Roussin, is working to change all of this. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 31. As part of her recovery, she left corporate life to study and work in health and is now working on her PhD which focuses on the sexual quality of life (SQoL) for young gynae cancer survivors (YGCS). In this episode, she shares her journey and how she plans to use her research to help those affected, in addition to Girls Rocking Cancer - a cancer support community and blog at www.girlsrockingcancer.com. (Instagram + Facebook) where they celebrate women’s stories and bodies after cancer.

Other links:

melanie.roussin@research.usc.edu.au

Recruiting participants: She is currently recruiting women living in Australia who were aged 18-45 and pre or perimenopausal at their gyn cancer diagnosis for 1-on-1 interviews with her on Zoom. Study link: https://uniofsunshinecoast.syd1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0UsbscK6D9g1DzT

 

Listen and enjoy and a big thanks to Always Discreet for sponsoring this episode of The Pelvic Health Podcast. Head to Always Discreet to learn more about bladder leak tips, management and incredible bladder leakage protection!

The Glottis and Pelvic Floor

The Glottis and Pelvic Floor

November 6, 2020

We know holding our breath can influence pressure onto the #pelvicfloor, but did you ever think about how this happens, or why, or that our vocal cords can influence this pressure?

Physical therapist and academic, Aliza Rudavsky, joins me to discuss her research in this area and some very cool facts about how the #glottis works and how this can influence the pelvic floor.

Bio from her website:

A native of Pittsburgh, Aliza grew up as a dancer.  She studied modern dance in college and performed professionally for several years before going to graduate school for her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Washington in Seattle.  As a physical therapist, Aliza has specialized training in pelvic floor dysfunction and women's health PT through the Herman and Wallace Institute.  She trained as a dance PT through the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries and the Australian Ballet.  She also has unique training in physical therapy for voice dysfunction and treats both performing artists and other occupational voice users. 

Aliza completed her PhD in 2018 through the University of Copenhagen (in collaboration with Monash and Latrobe Universities in Melbourne, Australia) under the supervision of Dr. Jill Cook.  Her research involved studying tendon development in adolescent ballet dancers. She has published this research in several sports journals as well as the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.

Currently, Aliza is an assistant professor at Penn State University where she has a split appointment in the department of Kinesiology and the School of Theatre.  In Kinesiology she teaches the athletic training students and does research, and in the School of Theatre she runs an on-site PT clinic for the musical theatre and acting students. Her current research involves connecting the pelvic floor to the vocal folds to study how they coordinate to regulate pressures in the trunk. This research is currently funded by the Foundation for PT Research-Pelvic Health Research.

Aliza is the mother of two delightful young boys with a third baby on the way.  She enjoys biking, hiking and exploring central PA with her family. 

 

Listen and enjoy and a big thanks to Always Discreet for sponsoring this episode of The Pelvic Health Podcast. Head to Always Discreet to learn more about bladder leak tips, management and incredible bladder leakage protection!

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