The Women’s Health Podcast
043 - Inemesit Graham - What does the #BlackLivesMatter movement have to do with diastasis, body image and women’s health?

043 - Inemesit Graham - What does the #BlackLivesMatter movement have to do with diastasis, body image and women’s health?

June 21, 2020

In this interview, we talk to Inemesit Graham, fitness professional (and all-round incredible woman!) based in Yellowknife, Canada.

This was a fantastic conversation that touched on so many topics, including:

- her experiences moving to the UK from Nigeria and growing up in a predominantly white neighbourhood
- her journey as a child having surgery for abdominal hernia and the trauma associated with that experience
- how after her second child she struggled with body image issues related to her abdominal profile. She thought she was overweight and went on a weight loss journey and eventually discovered that she had diastasis recti.
- her experience living with DRA and hernia and how she felt strengthening her body and learning to love it as it is was so important
-how she started posting her workouts online and was told she was being negligent so she went and did qualifications to be certified as a fitness professional
- how her whole life she has lived outside of other people's expectations. As a Nigerian it was expected that she study law or medicine, but she studied politics indeed and moved to Canada.
- how she rarely sees people who look like her - at school, in magazines, in Canada. There was a period of time where she didn't want to be black, so she actively sought out black people to follow and listen to so that she could learn to love who she is.
- covert versus overt racism and how important black representation is in the health and fitness industries as well as in tv/magazines.
- how important it is to expose ourselves to different voices - how we need to be intentional in cultivating our social media feeds, so that we aren't just hearing one voice.
- the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement. We have one world view and we have to listen to other people's life experiences. Ours is not the only story out there. Some people may not see racism but that does not mean it doesn't exist. How acknowledgement of other people's experience takes nothing from us, but could make the world of difference to that person.
- her thoughts on the phrase "I don't see colour." She discussed how difficult it is to find makeup that suits her skin tone or to see women like her in advertisements. "When you don't see colour, people of colour become invisible in your society."
- how #alllivesmatter is often posted out as a retort to #blacklivesmatter and that acknowledging that black people are 2.5x more likely to be killed by police is important. It diminishes the plight of black people to post this hashtag in a reactionary way.

If you want to learn more about Inemesit or work with her, you can find her

Email: [email protected] 
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/MummyFitness 
Twitter: www.twitter.com/inemesitg 
Instagram: www.instagram.com/mummy_fitness 

042 - Amy Dawes - ABTA - Let’s Start The Conversation About Birth Trauma

042 - Amy Dawes - ABTA - Let’s Start The Conversation About Birth Trauma

June 5, 2020

In this interview we talk to Amy Dawes, founder of the Australasian Birth Trauma Association (ABTA).
ABTA is a national charity committed to reducing the instance and impact of birth-related trauma whilst supporting affected women, families and health professionals.

Amy discussed:
- her birth experience and diagnosis of pelvic organ prolapse 16 months later. She talked about how this diagnosis affected her psychologically and impacted on her quality of life. She became scared of doing any movement or exercise and felt that she would make things worse.
- how, with some assistance of a pelvic health physiotherapist and connecting with other women who had returned to exercise after prolapse diagnosis, Amy started to feel more confident in her body
- how she connected with Elizabeth Skinner, psychologist, who mentioned the need for a birth trauma association here in Australia...and how the ABTA was formed (and a special shoutout to Christine Percy and Christine Pistone!).
- the goals of the ABTA and how they support women through Peer to Peer mentoring.
- that birth trauma can be physical, psychological or both.
- the need for more comprehensive antenatal education, so women are aware of the potential risks associated with birth, without scaring the heck out of them. "Why didn't anyone tell me that this could happen?"
- the fact that health care providers can also suffer trauma associated with supporting women in birth and that they don't always receive the help that they need.
- how important it is to have care in birth that is supportive, nurturing and empowering.
- how birth can trigger past trauma, which women may need psychological help for
- how we can help support the ABTA and spread the word of these services to the community

The ABTA relies on donations, so if you would like to help please reach out to the ABTA via the links below. Please share this information with anyone who you think might benefit!

Website: https://www.birthtrauma.org.au/ 
Email: [email protected] 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birthtrauma.org.au/ 
Twitter: @AusBirthTrauma 

041 - Vicki Webber - How Does A Mother Of 4 Cope With Competitive Crossfit And Running A Gym?

041 - Vicki Webber - How Does A Mother Of 4 Cope With Competitive Crossfit And Running A Gym?

June 2, 2020

In this episode we talk to Vicki Webber - CrossFit Competitor and Box owner.

Vicki shares with us
- how she fell in love with CrossFit and went from being someone who never really did much lifting to being an international competitor
- her pregnancy and birth experiences... and how different number four has been in comparison to the first three!
- her recent postnatal experience including difficulties with bladder control and heaviness in the perineum
- her experiences returning to CrossFit in the postnatal period
- how she has found that changing the way that she moves (with guidance from her physiotherapist) has helped her symptoms of heaviness in the perineum.
- her experience as a coach of the changes in post pregnancy information that is provided to pregnant and postnatal women
- how her coaching has changed since having recent symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction

We hope to chat to Vicko again in the future to see how she is getting on in her journey.

You can learn more about Vicki here:

https://www.steelcoastcrossfit.com/  
https://www.facebook.com/vicki.webber.75 
https://www.instagram.com/vwebbs2011 
[email protected] 

040 - Professor Peter O’Sullivan - How Has Pain Management Evolved?

040 - Professor Peter O’Sullivan - How Has Pain Management Evolved?

May 23, 2020

In this interview, Marika and Antony talk to Professor Peter O'Sullivan.

Peter is a clinical researcher at Curtin University and specialist physiotherapist at Bodylogic Physiotherapy, Perth WA. With his team, he has published over 250 peer review articles on MSK pain and its management, His passion is empowering people disabled with pain to get back to living again.

In this interview, we discuss
- how COVID-19 is resulting in more anxiety and how this is showing up in clinics
- helping people in pain via Telehealth
- Pete's journey as a physiotherapist and in particular his thoughts around pain and how they have evolved over the years. (He even goes back to his experiences as a child and how family shaped his responses to pain). He talks about how frustrated he was with the biomechanical model of pain in his early years and how his personality as a rule breaker probably helped him to think outside the box and develop new ideas (alongside his colleagues).
- things that you can do in order to keep growing professionally and how to create positive clinical environments
- the pros and cons of doing patient demonstrations in front of live audiences
- the Biopsychosocial Model - how the "Bio" is really important and not to be ignored. We also discussed where manual therapy and touch can fit into it (and when it is maybe not appropriate!).
- Cognitive Functional Therapy (CFT) - the model that Pete and others created and how it is not about "talking to people" and a lot is based on building relationships and trust, as well as performing behavioural experiments.
- minimum requirements for physiotherapists in order to implement CFT - incl a discussion on how for some people learning CFT is relatively easy whereas for others it takes a long time or it's just not a good fit.
- bottom line - patient-centred care is where we should start. All models will be criticised/critiqued and will evolve over time, but if we put the person in the middle of their journey (and put our egos aside), we'll be doing a decent job of it.

You can learn more about Pete at
https://bodylogic.physio/ 
[email protected] 

039 - Antony and Marika - Neurodiversity

039 - Antony and Marika - Neurodiversity

May 1, 2020

Ok, so this podcast is slightly different to our usual!
In this episode we talk about neurodiversity...and in particular, Antony discusses his personal experience living with ADHD.

We reiterate that we (Marika and Antony) are NOT neurologists, psychologists, psychiatrists etc - and we are definitely NOT experts in ADHD or other neurodevelopmental disorders. We just wanted to have a chat about
- some of the difficulties associated with living with ADHD - in particular organisation/planning, staying focussed and getting tasks finished
- how difficult social situations can be and the nuances that are often missed
- how online forums can be particularly challenging (esp for those who are literal (black/white) thinkers
- how medication has helped Antony (when he remembers to take it!)

We hope that this generates a bit of conversation around neurodiversity - how thinking differently comes with challenges but how it can also result in incredible creativity! We need people that can think outside the box and support those who struggle with fitting into our neurotypical-biased community.

Additional:
In this episode, we start out by discussing Antony's upcoming mentoring program. To join, please head to: www.physiodetective.com/masterclass 

Marika also discussed her online postnatal and pelvic "up and go" classes. If you would like to learn more, head to bodylogic.physio or email [email protected]. These classes can be attended by anyone living in Australia.

038 - Heather Edwards - Wait! Genitals Don’t Equal Gender!?

038 - Heather Edwards - Wait! Genitals Don’t Equal Gender!?

April 15, 2020

In this interview with Heather Edwards, Antony and Marika learn a lot about gender, sex, sexuality, BDSM and more!

Heather has been a pelvic physical therapist since 2003 and is one of only a few AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) certified sex counselors in the world. As an artist, she has a line of coloring books the blend gender-inclusive genital anatomy with fun and approachable designs. As a producer and host, she created a sex-ed-in-a-bar event series, Vino & Vulvas, in 2015.

In this episode, Heather tells us about her journey in pelvic health and how she fell into it when no one else wanted to! Along the way, Heather discovered an interest in sexuality and wanted to learn more about this topic, so she went on to do further studies.
Some of the questions that we asked Heather were:
- What does LGBTQIA stand for?
- What is the difference between sex and gender?
- As a health or fitness professional, how can we support people of all genders and orientations in our clinics? How important is the environment and our language? (NB Heather recommended the podcast Decolonising Fitness)
- Where can health and fitness professionals learn more about supporting LGBTQIA clients?
- When doing a subjective assessment, how do we create a safe space so that our clients feel comfortable sharing information?
- What does BDSM stand for and how can knowledge of this area help in working with clients with pelvic pain?
- When people talk of penetrative sex as being the goal, how can we introduce other aspects of sensuality into their rehabilitation program?
- Are there any particular things you’d like pelvic health physiotherapists to know about gender reaffirmation surgery?

Please go to the website www.womenshealthpodcast.com to download the coloring pages.

You can find Heather:
http://www.heatheredwardscreations.com 
[email protected] 
https://pelvicguru.com/event/trans-inclusive-trauma-informed-kink-aware-care-optimizing-sexual-wellness-in-atlanta-ga/ 

037 - Teresa Waser - TIIPPSS-FC On How To Help Your Female Athletes

037 - Teresa Waser - TIIPPSS-FC On How To Help Your Female Athletes

April 2, 2020

In this incredibly practical episode, we interview Teresa Waser and ask her for her top tips for helping female athletes.

Teresa is an Orthopaedic and Pelvic Health physiotherapist, operating within a non-traditional model. She works at RX Physiotherapy, her clinic located within a CrossFit gym in Leduc, Alberta, Canada where she has also coached running clinics and CrossFit, particularly in older adults. She also has a special interest in pregnant and postpartum athletes. When not in the clinic, she acts as Senior Teaching Assistant for Antony Lo’s The Female Athlete course, in addition to teaching her own seminars independently.

Teresa shares her journey within physiotherapy and her frustrations along the way as her beliefs were being challenged. She talks about when she discovered pain science and how her thought process changed after doing the Female Athlete Course and The Masterclass Program - Peak Simplicity - with Antony Lo.

Teresa then goes on to outline her acronym TIIPPSS- FC that she developed to help give course participants, and later all health and fitness professionals, a framework to think about what aspects of the person's presentation they could change.

T= tension to task (global and local)
I = Impact (eg with the body or with equipment)
I = Irritability (incl irritants of the pelvic organs or symptom irritability)
P = Posture and Position (ie static and dynamic)
P = Pressure (ie IAP. Modified by breathing, muscle contraction etc)
S = Strategy (eg technique, scaling)
S = Sensitivity (central and local. Consider sleep, stress, beliefs, attitudes etc)

F = Fatigue (is the person experiencing symptoms at the end of a session?)
C = Capacity (ie SAID principles)

  • Teresa then gives examples of how these principles can be applied to clients.
  • A client who has some mild low back pain with deadlifting.
  • A client who has some leaking with running.

You can learn more about Teresa here:

Website:
www.rxphysiotherapy.com 
www.pelvicguru.com/professional/teresa-waser/ 

Email:
[email protected]

FB:
www.fb.me/teresa.graysonwaser 
www.fb.me/rxphysiotherapy 

IG:
www.instagram.com/rxphysio 

036 - Molly Galbraith - Ask Me Anything! - Part 2

036 - Molly Galbraith - Ask Me Anything! - Part 2

March 31, 2020

Today we talk to Molly Galbraith, Woman-in-charge at Girls Gone Strong (GGS).  The GGS movement is dedicated to: 

  • teaching women how to find their own version of strength and confidence from the inside out
  • teaching parents how they can be better role models and leaders
  • and helping professionals empower the women they work with

We put the ball in your court and took questions from the community! Here are some questions that we asked:

  1. Where are the older female coaches? What challenges are they facing eg unemployment, recognition etc
  2. How did you get here – ie from the online business side of things to running courses in the Coaching and Training Women Academy?
  3. (Antony tries to sneak in more work for Marika to do in suggesting a webinar…hehe)
  4. Molly drops some great tips on WHY you need to be putting out great content even if you think that someone else has already done it before.
  5. What tips do you have for those who suffer Imposter Syndrome?
  6. What is your favourite family tradition?

Resources:

 

Website:

https://www.girlsgonestrong.com/

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/thegirlsgonestrong/

https://www.instagram.com/themollygalbraith/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GirlsGoneStrong/

Facebook Groups:

Health and Fitness Professionals: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GGSCoachingandTrainingWomen/

General public: https://www.facebook.com/groups/strongwomenlifteachotherup/

Pregnant/postnatal public: https://www.facebook.com/groups/StrongMomsSisterhood/

Free Home Workouts:
https://www.girlsgonestrong.com/free-home-workouts-download

Coalition of Health and Fitness Leaders Resource Pack:
https://www.precisionnutrition.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/CHFL_Coaching-Resource-Package.pdf

Coalition of Health and Fitness Leaders website (where the weekly expert panels take place):
https://healthandfitnesscoalition.com/

Brene Brown podcast on Comparative Suffering:
https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-on-comparative-suffering-the-50-50-myth-and-settling-the-ball/

035 - Molly Galbraith - Ask Me Anything! - Part 1

035 - Molly Galbraith - Ask Me Anything! - Part 1

March 31, 2020

Today we talk to Molly Galbraith, Woman-in-charge at Girls Gone Strong (GGS).  The GGS movement is dedicated to: 

  • teaching women how to find their own version of strength and confidence from the inside out
  • teaching parents how they can be better role models and leaders
  • and helping professionals empower the women they work with

We put the ball in your court and took questions from the community! Here are some questions that we asked:

  1. What is the Coalition of Health and Fitness Leaders and how are you helping health and fitness professionals during the COVID-19 outbreak?
  2. What is your health and fitness story? Tell us about your journey.
  3. When did you feel that your self-worth was no longer connected to your body shape?
  4. How long did it take you to get on top of your body image issues?
  5. How can you cultivate and strengthen a mindset that will help us through the next few weeks?
  6. Any nutritional advice for women with hypothyroidism? (Molly shares her personal experience) 

Resources:

 

Website:

https://www.girlsgonestrong.com/

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/thegirlsgonestrong/

https://www.instagram.com/themollygalbraith/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GirlsGoneStrong/

Facebook Groups:

Health and Fitness Professionals: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GGSCoachingandTrainingWomen/

General public: https://www.facebook.com/groups/strongwomenlifteachotherup/

Pregnant/postnatal public: https://www.facebook.com/groups/StrongMomsSisterhood/

Free Home Workouts:
https://www.girlsgonestrong.com/free-home-workouts-download

Coalition of Health and Fitness Leaders Resource Pack:
https://www.precisionnutrition.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/CHFL_Coaching-Resource-Package.pdf

Coalition of Health and Fitness Leaders website (where the weekly expert panels take place):
https://healthandfitnesscoalition.com/

Brene Brown podcast on Comparative Suffering:
https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-on-comparative-suffering-the-50-50-myth-and-settling-the-ball/

 

034 - Juan Michelle Martin - How Do You Get A Telehealth Service Started and People To Book In?

034 - Juan Michelle Martin - How Do You Get A Telehealth Service Started and People To Book In?

March 28, 2020

In this episode we talk to Dr Juan Michelle Martin. Dr. Martin is a pelvic floor physical therapist and telehealth consultant. She is the owner of JMM Health Solutions, a concierge practice offering in person and virtual sessions as well as the creator of the Zero to Telehealth and Telehealth Taster programs designed to get clinicians confidently started with and executing telehealth sessions with their clients.

We asked her lots of questions about how Telehealth has been helpful for her clients and she shared some fantastic ideas on how we can use this current situation as an opportunity to connect with people and help those in more rural areas.

Some of the highlights in this podcast:
- Her subjective assessment is collating the intake forms and then listening.
- Assessment can be ADLS in their environment. Watch them perform the aggravating task.
- In regards to treatment, always bring it back to the client’s goals
- Use social media as an opportunity to promote yourself as a specialist. Speak to the people.
- Get people on a video call rather than telephone call. It can help get them used to the idea of telehealth
- Before going online, get the legal stuff sorted. Become a legal entity, to protect yourself. Get consent forms, privacy, communication policy etc all sorted BEFORE starting. Make sure you have liability insurance and that it includes telehealth.
- In the USA you can only practice telehealth for clients that reside in states that you are licensed in. This is not a limitation though – most states have large populations and you have an opportunity to reach out to people in isolated areas.
- Consider doing a check-in with patients via video
- If you are a clinic owner, consider having a pelvic health PT that can consult via Telehealth.
- In the future, perhaps clients can have their physical therapist on video phone to be with them in consults with their doctor

A huge thank you to Dr Martin for her time today. It has given us lots of food for thought!

Juan Michelle has kindly shared her Telehealth consent form. You can find that here: https://www.jmmhealthsolutions.com/offers/wWeW93xn 

There are also more Telehealth resources at www.jmmhealthsolutions.com/telehealth 

You can find her at
Website: https://www.jmmhealthsolutions.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JMMHealthSolutions 
IG: www.instagram.com/thepelvicperspective  
Phone: +1 (770) 569-3572