What role does the pelvic floor play in core strengthening?
The Pelvic floor muscles form part of a team of muscles which support your ‘core’. The main core stability muscles are the deep abdominals (Transversus Abdominus), the deep back muscles (Multifidus) and also the pelvic floor. All of these muscle groups are positioned centrally and attach to the pelvis to assist with whole body stability.
If there is weakness in the pelvic floor the team of core muscles is not as effective. Similarly, if the deep back muscles or abdominals are not working well the pelvic floor can show weakness.
One of the processes that we have implemented at Shiel Family Physiotherapy to identify clients who may be at risk of pelvic floor weakness is to introduce a pelvic floor screening questionnaire for all of our back patients. This means that physiotherapists who may not be specialised in treatment of the pelvic floor are still able to identify any potential issues. It is then possible to recommend if someone should seek further advice from another physio in the practice.
One consideration for anyone who is recovering from an injury or who is aiming to increase their fitness levels is that they should be aware of how well the pelvic floor is functioning in order to avoid any strain or damage. It is important to increase your fitness or rehab gradually so that your abdominal and back strength does not exceed the resistance that the pelvic floor is able to cope with. By overloading a weak pelvic floor issues such as prolapse or stress incontinence can result. If you would like to know more about avoiding injury to your pelvic floor please ask your physiotherapist at you next session.
Article by Emily Shiel

Emily has been awarded a scholarship to travel to Melbourne and attend the 20th national continence foundation conference in November.

Emily is 1 of 10 people in Australia awarded this scholarship. She is the only health professional in WA to win the scholarship this year.

We have had a change to online bookings the new system is as follows
 Booking into Classes online:
  • Simply head to our website and find the classes tab. Under this tab there are 4 choices of timetables. Please choose the timetable to suit your level.
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Craig's Joke

There were two blond blokes working for the Gosford City Council. One would dig a hole; the other would follow behind him and fill the hole in. They worked furiously all day without rest, one bloke digging a hole and the other filling it in again. 
An onlooker was amazed at their hard work, but couldn't understand what they were doing. So he asked the hole digger, 'I appreciate the effort you are putting into your work, but what's the story? You dig a hole and your partner follows behind you and fills it up again.'
The hole digger wiped his brow and sighed, 'Well, normally we are a three-man team, but the guy who plants the trees is sick today'. 
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