Updated: May 11, 2020
Pelvic Floor Essentials with Sue Croft
Author "Pelvic Floor Recovery: Physiotherapy for Gynaecological and Colorectal Repair Surgery" and "Pelvic Floor Essentials"
In this podcast, I talk with Sue about the role of Pilates Instructors and pelvic floor health, as well as her book Pelvic Floor Essentials.
A few things I learned from this interview was that it is ok to slouch and it is also good to sit like a man, and that to see a Pelvic Physiotherapist you don’t need a referral from a GP. And I also learned how to take a dump. Opps! I mean defecate….
“It started about 30 years ago when I had my last child and I did 4 hours a week relieving at a major hospital in Brisbane. When that little locum job had finished, the girl who was doing pelvic health physiotherapy left and they asked me would I do it. Nobody wanted to do it then because they had all not had their children and no one wanted to do the internal examinations. Because I had my three children, I thought yes, I’ll go and do the courses and I’d be happy to that - not a problem. So I went and did the courses and I realised that after my own three children I had a fair bit of pelvic floor dysfunction which I wasn’t really aware of. It really blew me out of the water a little bit that I had this little secret! That I had issues that I hadn’t really pinpointed – it meant there was pelvic floor dysfunction there. So what happened was I then just became passionate about it. I love it! It is very rewarding when you can help someone who has a very silent problem and an unknown one like I had myself and you’re able to bring them along that journey and to teach them how to learn what is normal for bladder and bowel…..”
Please listen to the podcast below to learn more!
In reference to dealing with clients with pelvic pain and lower back pain, you need to take into your account your Scope of Practice.
Always refer to a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
Fitness Australia (2019). POSITION STATEMENT: SCOPE OF PRACTICE FOR REGISTERED EXERCISE PROFESSIONALS. Retrieved September 2, 2019 from https://bp-fitnessaustralia-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/uploaded_file/file/224/Scope-of-Practice-for-Registered-Exercise-Professionals.pdf
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Have you ever been to see a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist? You are welcome to share your experiences.