The Women’s Health Podcast
031 - Susan Clinton - Relax, Rest, And Digest! A Special COVID-19 Episode

031 - Susan Clinton - Relax, Rest, And Digest! A Special COVID-19 Episode

March 24, 2020

In this special episode, we speak to Dr Susan Clinton, physical therapist/physiotherapist extraordinaire, about how long periods of stress can affect our health and well being... and what we can do to try to combat this.

Around the globe, huge changes have been taking place since the arrival of COVID-19. Our daily routines and the simplicity of things like going to the gym or having a coffee with friends have been completely upended. We are all feeling some degree of anxiety, wondering "when will this end? How bad is it going to get?"

So we asked Susan, who has a love for the parasympathetic nervous system to come and give us some tips on how we can take care of ourselves during these difficult times.

Here are some of her thoughts in point form (we recommend listening to the whole thing though, so you can hear Susan expand on them):

1. Create a schedule
2. Break bread with friends and family eg over facetime
3. Habit stack
4. Practice self compassion (https://self-compassion.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/self-compassion.break_.mp3)
5. Find movement/exercise daily. Try and get a combination including slower forms such as tai chi or yoga.
6. Put the phone away
7. Consume alcohol on occasion only (eg for celebration, not regularly to relax or self soothe!)
8. Work on sleep hygiene. Get rid of those screens! Consider how you feel when you wake up in the morning.

We also had a great chat about children and how we can model some of those behaviours for our own kids during this period of homeschooling.

This was a wonderful chat and we are grateful for Susan sharing her time and compassion during this time.

You can find Susan at:
https://embody-pt.com/ 
https://www.thegeniusptproject.com/ 
https://toughtotreat.com/ 

030 - Jilly Bond - Can Bladders Be Happy? Part 2 of 2

030 - Jilly Bond - Can Bladders Be Happy? Part 2 of 2

March 21, 2020

In this episode, we get to talk to the amazing Jilly Bond.

We talked about Pelvic Pain - in particular

  • Bladder Pain Syndrome,
  • A biopsychosocial approach and why (and some of the how) we deal with the psychosocial side of things within our scope of practice,
  • Virtual consultations,
  • How to manage burnout
    • Jilly shares her own story about this as well as the difficulties of COVID-19 for her right now, and
  • Coffee!

The content was so epic, we had to break it down into 2 episodes!

Jilly Bond is a pelvic health Physiotherapist based in Wales, UK, with a specialist interest in pelvic pain. She is a regular speaker at international conferences, runs professional development courses for physios in the UK and online and her Youtube channel has free resources for patients and clinicians. Her research interests include understanding how graded motor imagery may help in the treatment of centralised mechanisms in visceral pain. If you're interested in pelvic pain she'd love to hear from you.

You can find Jilly in many ways, outline below:

Website - http://www.JillyBond.com

Email - [email protected] 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/JillyBondPhysio/

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/jilly_bond

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jillybondphysio/

029 - Can Bladders Be Happy? Part 1 of 2

029 - Can Bladders Be Happy? Part 1 of 2

March 21, 2020

In this episode, we get to talk to the amazing Jilly Bond.

We talked about Pelvic Pain - in particular

  • Bladder Pain Syndrome,
  • A biopsychosocial approach and why (and some of the how) we deal with the psychosocial side of things within our scope of practice,
  • Virtual consultations,
  • How to manage burnout
    • Jilly shares her own story about this as well as the difficulties of COVID-19 for her right now, and
  • Coffee!

The content was so epic, we had to break it down into 2 episodes!

Jilly Bond is a pelvic health Physiotherapist based in Wales, UK, with a specialist interest in pelvic pain. She is a regular speaker at international conferences, runs professional development courses for physios in the UK and online and her Youtube channel has free resources for patients and clinicians. Her research interests include understanding how graded motor imagery may help in the treatment of centralised mechanisms in visceral pain. If you're interested in pelvic pain she'd love to hear from you.

You can find Jilly in many ways, outline below:

Website - http://www.JillyBond.com

Email - [email protected] 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/JillyBondPhysio/

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/jilly_bond

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jillybondphysio/

028 - Antony and Marika - Tips for POP Assessment During Online Consults

028 - Antony and Marika - Tips for POP Assessment During Online Consults

March 19, 2020

In this episode, we start with another update on what is happening in Sydney and Perth in regards to COVID-19 (19th March 2020). We talk about how it is affecting client numbers, as well as the anxiety and stress felt by health and fitness professionals around the globe.

We then talk about how we might help a client with pelvic organ prolapse via Telehealth. We share some of our ideas on how we might conduct a subjective and objective examination, as well as ideas for management. We discuss some of the limitations of Telehealth as well as some of our own fears associated with treating without the use of our hands!

Resources:
Antony Lo online courses
www.physiodetective.com/courses

Code for discount on Embodia: AntonyLo30

Marika Hart- online pregnancy education and exercise program
Herasphere Pregnancy Club: https://herasphere.net/online-program/
Code for 40% discount: corona

027 - Antony and Marika - How is COVID-19 Affecting You?

027 - Antony and Marika - How is COVID-19 Affecting You?

March 19, 2020

In this episode, we really just wanted to have a chat about what is going on in our lives and the effect that COVID-19 is having right now (18th March 2020).

We both feel that social distancing is a necessity in order to (hopefully) flatten the curve... but we worry that this potentially long period of isolation could lead us all to feel lonely, scared and disconnected.

We would like to really support our community and put out some more frequent podcasts during this time. We have already lined up some Telehealth experts, pain specialists and other amazing health/fitness professionals to have a chat to.

If you would like to get in touch, please do so via email or Facebook. We'd love to hear how we can help you all. Let's pull together as a community and get through this.

Lots of love to everyone.
Marika and Antony

Those FB groups for interested physios:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TelehealthPTs/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1110987192400998/

026 - Lily Nichols - Have We Been Getting Nutrition For Pregnancy All Wrong?

026 - Lily Nichols - Have We Been Getting Nutrition For Pregnancy All Wrong?

March 2, 2020

In this episode, we have the pleasure of interviewing Lily Nichols about nutrition in pregnancy- and some may consider this one a little controversial.

Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition. Her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and unapologetically critical of outdated dietary guidelines. She is the author of two bestselling books, Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes.

In this interview, we cover
- where Lily developed her passion for pre/postnatal nutrition.
- how her approach to prenatal nutrition differs from what we've all been hearing for years (and why some of what we've been told just doesn't make sense!)
- what some of the things that she finds women need to add to their diet in pregnancy that perhaps they are missing out on
- how postnatal nutrition may support recovery of connective tissue in the mother as well as breastfeeding.
- some tips on how an expectant mom can plan ahead for her postpartum recovery so she doesn’t have to worry about shopping and cooking right after giving birth

This interview was a cracker and we both learnt a lot from Lily!

Please check out some her free articles and considering buying her books if you are pregnant or have gestational diabetes!

https://lilynicholsrdn.com/real-food-postpartum-recovery-meals/

https://lilynicholsrdn.com/prenatal-guidelines-updated/

https://lilynicholsrdn.com/vegetarian-diet-in-pregnancy  

https://www.amazon.com/Real-Food-Pregnancy-Prenatal-Nutrition-ebook/dp/B079H8LL9L

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0986295000/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1

 

025 - Carolyn Vandyken - Pelvic Pain - What Are We Missing?

025 - Carolyn Vandyken - Pelvic Pain - What Are We Missing?

February 3, 2020

In Episode #25 we have the great pleasure in interviewing Carolyn Vandyken - an extremely knowledgeable and experienced pelvic health and musculoskeletal physiotherapist (and educator!) based in Canada. This is a must-listen for anyone who works with clients who have musculoskeletal pain or pelvic floor dysfunction - ie EVERYONE!

Carolyn is a physiotherapist, educator, researcher and advocate in the areas of low back pain, pelvic health and pain science. She has been practicing for 33 years and is passionate about helping therapists get out of their silos and integrate a biopsychosocial perspective. Her research is in the area of connecting pelvic health to low back pain.

In this interview, we discuss
- what pelvic pain is and what it might look like
- the link between the lumbar spine and pelvic pain
- how pelvic floor dysfunction might masquerade as other types of musculoskeletal pain such as low back or groin pain
- why pelvic floor screening is so important for all musculoskeletal /sports physiotherapists and fitness professionals to consider and how they might go about it
- why consideration of the whole person is so important when helping clients with symptoms
of pelvic pain or pelvic floor dysfunction

If you would like to get in touch with Carolyn Vandyken you can find her at: https://www.physioworksmuskoka.com 

Here are some of the articles that Carolyn wanted to share with everyone:

Hilton S, Vandyken C. 2011. The puzzle of pelvic pain. A rehabilitation framework for balancing tissue dysfunction and central sensitization, I: Pain physiology and evaluation for the physical therapist. JWHPT 35:103-113.

Vandyken C, Hilton S. 2012. The puzzle of pelvic pain. A rehabilitation framework for balancing tissue dysfunction and central sensitization, II: A review of treatment considerations. JWHPT 36:44-54.

Louw A., Hilton, S. Vandyken C. 2014. Why Pelvic Pain Hurts: Neuroscience education for patients with pelvic pain. Minneapolis: OPTP.

Vandyken C., Chapter contribution to the IASP proceedings of the 1st International Congress on Abdomino-pelvic pain, 2014.

Vandyken C., Hilton S.: An Integrative Approach to Physiotherapy; Chapter contribution in Padoa, A., & Rosenbaum, T. The Overactive Pelvic Floor (2016).

Vandyken C., Hilton S. 2017. Physical Therapy in the Treatment of Central Pain Mechanisms in Female Sexual Dysfunction. Sex Med Rev 5: 20-30

Dufour, S., Vandyken, B., Forget, M., & Vandyken, C. (2018). Association between lumbopelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction in women: A cross sectional study. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, 34, 47-53.

Keizer, A., Vandyken, B., Vandyken, C., Yardley, D., Macedo, L., Kuspinar, A., Faghani, N., Forget, MJ., & Dufour, S. 2019. Predictors of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Among Women with Lumbopelvic Pain. Physical Therapy

024 - Molly Galbraith - How Can I Heal My Relationship With My Body?

024 - Molly Galbraith - How Can I Heal My Relationship With My Body?

January 25, 2020

This episode is a little different in that we have a guest host - none other than Antony's daughter, Amie Lo.

When Antony mentioned that we were having the privilege to interview Molly Galbraith (Women in Charge of Girls Gone Strong) again and that we were going to be talking about body positivity, Amie had so many great questions for us that we thought it would be great if she asked Molly herself!

In this episode Molly shares her journey with us and how she turned her life (and her health) around by healing her relationship with her body.

Some of the things that she found helped were:
1. Noticing when she was having negative thoughts about her body and how often she was saying really negative things about herself and her body.
2. Getting clear on her values and what she believed.
3. Questioning the thoughts she was having and how they did not align with her values

4. Moving her thoughts from negative to positive
 (she gives a great example here regarding chronic pain)
5. Focusing on things related to her body that had nothing to do with how her body looked. This could include what her body could do, how her body served her and what value she added to the world.

6. Curating what images she exposed herself to on social media…


Some other questions that Amie asked include:
- do you get affected by social media influences like IG models?
- does posting on social media cause any anxiety?
- do you ever get tempted to photoshop or alter your photos?

Please listen and share this interview with your friends and family. This is a great one for your teenage girls!

If you want to get in touch with Molly you can find her at:
www.girlsgonestrong.com
https://www.facebook.com/mollymgalbraith/
https://www.facebook.com/GirlsGoneStrong/
https://www.instagram.com/themollygalbraith/
https://www.instagram.com/thegirlsgonestrong/

We'd also like to share GGS free 5-day course on pre/postnatal coaching!
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The curriculum for this course was developed by world-leading pelvic health physiotherapists, OB/GYNs, PhDs, pre- and postnatal fitness experts, university researchers and other women’s healthcare team members -- so you can feel confident it’s up-to-date and evidence-based.

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023 - Chantal Traub - Lessons From A Doula

023 - Chantal Traub - Lessons From A Doula

January 6, 2020

In this episode we have the pleasure of speaking to Chantal Traub - a doula based in NY city.

Chantal is an active birth doula, childbirth educator, pre/postnatal yoga teacher and MUTU Systems trainer and has been assisting expecting families in New York City for 17 years. She is also a Women's Health Coach empowering moms through (Peri) Menopause.

She created her workshop Pushing Power (2nd stage Labor & The Pelvic Floor) to help moms with the education, knowledge and the tools to set themselves up for a functional, meaningful and positive birth experience and full postpartum recovery.

Some of the topics that we discussed were:
-The relationship between baby and pelvis during birth (it's worth watching the video to see her demonstration on this!)
- The role of the Pelvic Floor during birth
- Understanding 2nd Stage Labor
- How women can best prepare ahead of time

You can learn more about Chantal on her website:
https://www.chantaltraub.com
or contact her via email:
[email protected]

022 - Lisa Ryan - Surgery For Diastasis - Is It The Easy Option?

022 - Lisa Ryan - Surgery For Diastasis - Is It The Easy Option?

December 6, 2019

In this episode, we chat to Lisa Ryan, Crossfit competitor and Pregnancy and Postnatal Athleticism coach. Lisa has a fascinating story to share about her experiences through pregnancy and postnatally, in particular her journey in living with significant diastasis recti and her ultimate decision to have surgery.

Lisa tells us her story about
- how she came to love Crossfit and find that she was a competitor
- how she discovered that she had diastasis recti after her first pregnancy
- her journey with different physiotherapists and coaches between her pregnancies and during her second pregnancy
- diastasis recti and body image
- her decision to have surgery for the abdominal separation and how she found the right surgeon
- her pre-operative plan
- her emotions leading up to the surgery and how she felt in the early weeks post-surgery
- her post-surgical recovery to date- including those first few weeks
- her tips for women considering surgery

You can learn more about Lisa here:

Website: https://lisa-ryan.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LisaMarieRyan22/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lisa.marie.ryan/