The Pelvic Health Podcast
The language of pelvic pain with Dr Susan Evans

The language of pelvic pain with Dr Susan Evans

July 19, 2019

Dr Susan Evans is a gynaecologist, pain medicine physician, researcher, educator and chairperson of the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia.

Today she shares some interesting, new findings from her latest research project on the language of pelvic pain in which she is working on with Eleanor Schofield and Professor Roly Sussex. She discusses the study, some findings thus far and implications for all clinicians in understanding pelvic pain.

Thank you to the episode's sponsor, Sue Croft - physiotherapist and author of Pelvic Floor Essentials and Pelvic Floor Recovery: Physiotherapy for Gynaecological and Colorectal Repair Surgery

Other links from our discussion today (also see underlined links above):

Qendo

Alyra Biotech - Dr. Evans' company (founder and director) to develop new treatments for pelvic pain

PPEP Talk

Body in Mind article on this study

Woofties - ABC radio

Mental Health in Motherhood with Nadine Brown

Mental Health in Motherhood with Nadine Brown

July 3, 2019

Nadine Brown, a physiotherapist with a special interest in pelvic health as well as a former competitive boxer, joins me to share her touching personal birth story. She talks so openly about the emotions she felt during pregnancy that didn't align with everyone else, the birth experience that did not go as planned, how she struggled physically and emotionally during that first year as a new mom, and how she has reached the stage of acceptance in her healing journey. Don't forget to look out for the infographic Nadine and I worked on to go with this podcast on tips to get through early motherhood at www.loriforner.com or @pelvicwod in Instagram.

If you know this topic is too difficult to listen to, please come back to listen when you feel ready. If you listen and feel triggered emotionally, or any of this story feels too close to home for you or a friend, please talk to someone.

Below are some links that may help:

PANDA - Perinatal anxiety and depression
COPE - Centre of Perinatal Excellence
PSI - Postpartum Support International
Gidget Foundation

Beyond Blue

Blog by Nadine for Sue Croft

 

 

Vaginal Dilator Options with Fiona Rogers

Vaginal Dilator Options with Fiona Rogers

June 17, 2019

Pelvic floor physiotherapist and co-owner of Pelvic Floor Exercise, Fiona Rogers, comes back on the podcast to discuss the differences between vaginal dilators: which ones do we choose, for what condition might they be used for, and why are they different?

Head back to the very first episode and hear her talk about vaginal weights if you missed it!

Thank you so much to this episode's sponsor - Kenhub - see below for more details

Fore a 20% discount on all Kenhub Premium learning plans: khub.me/loriforner

For a 20% discount on illustration licenses - quote "Lori Forner" when emailing Kenhub to enquire at contact@kenhub.com

Fiona's E-stim course - might be sold out but she is running more!

Reviving your sex life after childbirth with Kathe Wallace

Reviving your sex life after childbirth with Kathe Wallace

June 7, 2019

Today we are talking to Kathe Wallace, physiotherapist, about how to go about returning to sex after having a vaginal birth, in which she discusses in her book, Reviving your Sex Life after Childbirth. We have spoken about this topic on the podcast previously surrounding the importance of sexual intimacy in relationships, however today we are focusing on why this topic is important after a vaginal birth from a physical as well as psychological perspective, what women can assess themselves, the importance of bringing partners into the process, and where/how physiotherapists can help.

Thank you to this episode's sponsor - Modibodi

Bio:

Kathe Wallace, PT, is an internationally recognized clinician, author and lecturer in women's health and pelvic floor dysfunction evaluation and treatment. Kathe has been a physical therapist since 1976 and focused on the pelvic floor since 1988.  She is a lifetime member of the APTA.

Kathe volunteered in the early 1990’s to help the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Women’s Health (SOWH) establish pelvic floor continuing education seminars and instructed pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment seminars for the associations section through 2005.   In 2006, she co-founded the professional continuing education company Herman & Wallace, Inc. developing a series of pelvic floor training seminars for physical therapists. She is no longer affiliated with the company and nowindependently continues to develop pelvic floor related seminars and resources for health care providersand their patients.  She is currently focusing on private patient consulting, mentoring and developing professional training for physical therapists at The Pelvic Health Clinic in Seattle, WA, USA.

Kathe was honored to receive the Washington state Physical Therapy Association (PTWA) Clinical Excellence Award in 2006. She is the author of Reviving Your Sex Life after Childbirthand multiple patient education handouts to restore the pelvic floor.  She also serves as a Clinical Instructor, Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, at the University of Washington.  Her professional mission is to ignite and nurture knowledge regarding pelvic floor dysfunction to help women and men get the care they need.

Resources:

McDonald, E. A., & Brown, S. J. (2013). Does method of birth make a difference to when women resume sex after childbirth?. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology120(7), 823-830.  https://obgyn.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1471-0528.12166  

Stavdal, M. N., Skjævestad, M. L. L., & Dahl, B. (2019). First-time parentś experiences of proximity and intimacy after childbirth-a qualitative study. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare.   Not free access https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1877575618303355  

 Penny Simkin  Childbirth trauma http://pattch.org/   USA 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkVHUrhh_vY 

 Professional associations

https://www.aasect.org/  

http://www.isswsh.org/  

http://sexscience.org/ 

 

Heather Howard
http://sexualrehab.com/Additional-Resources.html  
https://ergoerotics.com/ 

SEXOLOGY International blogs and resources https://sexologyinternational.com  

How sharing stories around the world will change women’s wellbeing with Jenny Wickford and Delena Caagbay

How sharing stories around the world will change women’s wellbeing with Jenny Wickford and Delena Caagbay

May 20, 2019

Physiotherapists Jenny Wickford and Delena Caagbay discuss the not-for-profit association, Noora Wellbeing, and how important it is for everyone to openly share their stories to help collaboration and education across the globe.

Please consider heading to Noora Wellbeing and sign up for their newsletters, share a story and join in on the discussions!!

Crossing Borders - book by Fatumo Osman and Jenny Wickford

 

 

 

Incontinence for non-pelvic health physios with Dr. Sarah Haag

Incontinence for non-pelvic health physios with Dr. Sarah Haag

May 5, 2019

Physiotherapist Dr. Sarah Haag joins me to talk about the important role all health professionals play in assessing and treating people with urinary incontinence. She discusses tips on how professionals can help in assessing, treating and when to acknowledge your limitations and refer on. We also have a tangent chat about abdominal separation (diastasis rectus abdominis).

Thank you so much to this episode's sponsor - Kenhub - see below for deals

For a 20% discount on on all Kenhub Premium learning plans: khub.me/loriforner

For a 20% discount on illustration licenses - quote "Lori Forner" when emailing Kenhub to enquire at contact@kenhub.com

Understanding and Treating Incontinence - book by Sarah Haag

Return to running post-pregnancy guidelines with Tom Goom, Grainne Donnelly and Emma Brockwell

Return to running post-pregnancy guidelines with Tom Goom, Grainne Donnelly and Emma Brockwell

April 22, 2019

Join these three amazing physios discuss the guidelines on returning to running after having a baby they developed in March 2019. Find out why 3 months postpartum is a better cut-off for consideration in returning to running and a summary of their key points.  If you haven't read the guidelines, they are free and available HERE (guidelines)!

Check out Tom Goom at www.running-physio.com 

Grainne Donnelly at www.absolute.physio

Emma Brockwell at www.physiomum.co.uk

Tips on searching for journal articles

Tips on searching for journal articles

April 17, 2019

Sandy Hilton and I discuss our top tips on how to effectively search for that journal article you are looking for. It takes time, can be confusing at times, can lead you down rabbit holes but there are ways to work it out...you just need to be persistent. Hope you enjoy.

Check out my Instagram @pelvicwod for the Infographic summarising these tips, as well as www.loriforner.com 

 

Pelvic girdle pain with Prof Peter O’Sullivan from the Archive

Pelvic girdle pain with Prof Peter O’Sullivan from the Archive

March 27, 2019

Back from the archive - the best parts of a talk with Prof Peter O'Sullivan on pain, particularly pelvic girdle pain, and how our biases as professionals may impact on how we assess and treat persistent pain.

Peter's Youtube video on PGP

Prof Peter O'Sullivan

Part 2 Levator avulsion with Prof Peter Dietz

Part 2 Levator avulsion with Prof Peter Dietz

March 17, 2019

Be sure to listen to Part 1 - this is a continuation of our conversation on levator ani avulsion with urogynaecologist, Prof. Hans Peter Dietz.

A discussion on surgical management will be available to Patrons of the podcast. Consider pledging by clicking on the button "Be a patron" on the Podbean app for The Pelvic Health Podcast or click here and press the green button "Become a Patron".  

Prof Dietz

Levator ani avulsion model (in which he uses to discuss some concepts but you can't "see" it on a podcast! :) )