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World Continence Week 2021
The 2 most common types of Urinary Incontinence are:
Loss of urine associated with an increase in pressure (e.g., cough, laugh, jump)
Loss of urine associated with a strong sense of urgency
4 ways women can reduce their risk of incontinence
Research suggests women who are active have lower levels of incontinence and stronger pelvic floor muscles. Physical activity can also help prevent constipation, helping reduce incontinence.
See a Women's/Pelvic Health Physio
Women's health physios can diagnose and treat incontinence. They can also help you prevent it! A physio may recommend pelvic floor exercises, teach good bladder/bowel habits, offer lifestyle advice, and advise on exercise.
Check your beverages
Try reducing your intake of caffeinated, sweetened, & alcoholic drinks to see how your bladder responds. These drinks are known as "bladder irritants" and can make symptoms of urinary frequency and urgency worse.
Maintain a healthy weight range
Research has shown increased body weight increases incontinence risk. Losing body fat may help significantly reduce incontinence symptoms. However, fat loss is not a healthy goal for all women - especially those who have disordered exercising or eating history. For those women focus on the previous 3 strategies above.
If you have been having any trouble with leaking
book in with our Womens Health specialist Clarissa Yiu
What’s a topic you don’t hear men speak about too often? Their foot health perhaps??!
Something that can be quite prevalent amongst men but not regularly spoken about is skin and nail fungus.
The idea of scrubbing our feet in the shower or applying cream almost sounds outlandish right? As a Podiatrist and a foot nerd, I wanted to highlight this condition and provide some simple tips to prevent this from occurring.
Condition 1: Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot is a skin infection of the foot due to a thing called “dermatophyte fungus” which typically presents itself in the soles of the feet and in between the toes. Athlete’s foot will usually present itself with dry, itchy & scaling skin. In more severe cases, it can also cause inflammation, cracks & blisters also. Infection is usually acquired by direct contact with fungus, for example, walking barefoot in a public change room. Other risk factors include: occlusive footwear (work boots, steel caps), excessive sweating, immunosuppressant medications, showers & sporting locker rooms.
Simple prevention & treatment
Condition 2: Nail Fungus (onychomycosis)
Nail fungus is a fungal infection of the nail bed, matrix (the area where your fingernails and toenails start to grow) or nail plate. Nail fungus causes discolouration, thickening and separation from the nail bed. The cause is similar to Athlete’s foot but with the fungal infection affecting the nail rather than the skin. Nail fungus is often harder to treat than Athlete’s foot and can persist for months sometimes even years, so prevention is key.
Prevention is the same as Athlete’s foot however there a few key differences in treatment. Keep in mind, nail fungus is more stubborn and likely to hang around longer so if a particular nail treatment is unsuccessful after a few months then you should switch to another one.
It could take up to 18 months to fully resolve so be persistent and consistent!
Simple prevention & treatment
Headaches are one of the most common disorders of the nervous system. It is very likely that most people will experience some type of headache in their lifetime. Headaches are said to be one of the most debilitating disorders in the world alongside neck pain. While there are an abundance of different types of headaches one may experience, the 3 generally most common ones a physiotherapist will see in clinic are:
Types of Headaches
Of the 3 outlined above, tension headaches are generally the most common type of headache. These headaches are described as creating a pressing or tightening sensation around the head, neck, or jaw. Tension headaches can be stimulated from physical and/or emotional stress.
Migraines can often feel like the most intense of the headaches. These types of headaches often involve nausea/vomiting, sensitivity to light and/or sound, and even auras. Migraines will also involve a throbbing or pulsating type sensation. While the true underlying cause of migraines is a grey area, it is believed there are various environmental and genetic factors that play a role in triggering such headaches. Certain types of foods, stress, exposure to certain stimuli, and even weather are all examples of potential triggers for migraines in different people.
Cervicogenic headaches are the type of headaches that are secondary to neck pain. As such, it is common for people to first experience worsening of their neck pain, which then translates into a headache which can often resemble that of a migraine. Poor posture, stress, overactive or weak muscles are all examples of factors which can influence neck pain and thus a cervicogenic headache.
How Physiotherapy can help
Physiotherapists are experts in diagnosing and treating posture related disorders. A thorough physiotherapy assessment can help to establish what the underlying cause may be of your headaches and the appropriate course of treatment. Physiotherapists can utilize a scope of skills to help provide relief of headaches, some of which may include manual therapy, soft tissue work, dry needling, exercises, and education.
If you have been experiencing headaches it may be worth seeing a physiotherapist in order to gain an understanding as to why they are happening.
As chronic health problems continue to rise, more people are looking towards physiotherapy to help get back into shape and treat several nagging ailments. You might think physiotherapy is just about fixing musculoskeletal problems, but it is great as an effective way to improve both your physical and mental wellbeing. You might even be surprised to read some of the ways physio is helping people get back on their feet. Let us take a look at how physio can help you:
Treat Musculoskeletal Problems
If you have ever looked up the benefits of physiotherapy, then you already know that it is mostly known for healing sports injuries and other musculoskeletal issues. But you do not have to be injured or dealing with major pain to see huge improvements in your overall health with these techniques. A lot of people deal with stress that causes their bodies to feel stiff and worn out. Physio is great at reducing that stiffness, healing tissue damage, and improving your mobility, making it easier to get around and do the things you need to do. Hydrotherapy, massage, exercise, and joint mobilization can all be a part of your treatment plan designed to ultimately relieve your everyday stress and even relieve pain in your joints and muscles.
Managing Your Pain
The older you get, the more you understand that general aches and pains often happen without notice or injury. You can simply wake up on the wrong side of the bed and end up with a sore back, neck, or joints. This is just a part of life, but you do not have to just shrug your shoulders and assume there is no way to treat your pain. Physio is a great way of managing these types of pain, including hip pain, muscle pain, neck pain, immobility, chest pain, and even headaches.
There are millions of people who suffer daily from debilitating diseases that can impact their whole way of life. Being in such pain all the time with orthopedic conditions, like arthritis, and other diseases that cause muscle, bone, and joint pain, can be eased if treated with physiotherapy. The goal is to lessen the amount of inflammation in the body, remove the stiffness from joints, and even help increase the amount of lubrication of cartilage. This can all be possible with the help of a physiotherapist.
Improving Your Overall Mental Health
It is a simple concept. When you are stressed out and in pain, your attitude in life is not going to be too positive, especially when dealing with chronic diseases. By treating those ailments, feeling good becomes a way of life. Suddenly, the pain is gone, and you can think clearly again with a relaxed state of mind. Life becomes easier when your body is healthy, and you feel great!
You also do not have to wait until something is broken to fix it. Physiotherapy also works as injury prevention. It is like owning a car in its peak condition. You should still take it in to get the oil changed and rotate the tires. To learn more about how physiotherapy can help you, be sure to visit https://www.movement101.com.au
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