Getting back into shape after pregnancy

It is a common misconception that bladder and bowel control problems are normal consequences of having a baby. 

Recent research suggests that nearly three quarters of new mums are pushing themselves to regain their pre-baby shape, however many do not think about the right exercises to safely shift those kilos (Continence Foundation Australia, 2011).  Exercise is an important part of healthy living, so it’s important to ensure your exercise program is the right one for you.…

Incontinence: Managing your pelvic floor muscles

Mention the pelvic floor to most women and there is usually a little cringe, a smirk and a “my pelvic floor doesn’t exist anymore”.

While most women have heard the importance of completing daily pelvic floor exercises just how many of us are confident we are performing them correctly?

The pelvic floor muscle function is directly linked to continence. Research suggests one in three women will suffer from some form of incontinence. Those numbers may be considerably higher if we take into account the amount of women that never report the issue or seek help from health professionals.…

Nature often needs a little extra support

A topic that is often under-discussed is the issue of ill-fitting bras, especially for larger breasted women.

For many Australian women an ill-fitting bra can be a source of pain, distress and embarrassment; the discomfort caused can stop these women being physically active, healthy and happy.

Breast support can be a sensitive issue, especially for younger or larger breasted women, but it is important to understand it and get it right, as much pain and discomfort can easily be prevented. …

Article written by Healthfocus Physiotherapist Julia Rossiter. To book an appointment with Julia Rossiter, contact Healthfocus Physiotherapy .

Women’s Health Week

With Jean Hailes women’s health week this week, now is the opportunity for women all over Australia to start talking about health. We as women are notoriously good talkers, however when it comes to health, many of us don’t take the time to find out credible information to many of our burning questions. Jean Hailes women’s health week aims to get rid of the elephant in the room and shed some light on our health.…