At Better Health we often get asked should I use ice or heat for sore muscles and joints. After suffering from any injury, inflammation (which causes swelling) immediately goes to the damaged area to start the repair process. Whilst this swelling is important in tissue healing it can be excessive and cause increased pain and decreased function. Read more
Weak supporting muscles of the pelvis and low back are often a cause of back pain and injury. To make matters worse we know now that with persistent back pain these muscles tend to switch off even further. While it is hard to find out whether a weak pelvic floor is the cause or effect part of the solution always comes back to learning how to use the supporting muscles properly again. While there are many muscles surrounding the lower back and pelvic region the pelvic floor often goes under the radar, especially in men! The pelvic floor plays a vital role at the deepest level of support, working with the diaphragm and abdominals to stabilise the pelvis and spine.
At Better Health we have taken out all the guess work using real time ultrasound to see what is happening on the inside while in motion. Real time ultrasound provides and accurate assessment and training tool while you exercise the muscles of your core and pelvic floor.
Sometimes the pelvic floor can be tricky to get working again as its effect is quite subtle and hence difficult to feel if you don’t know what to be feeling for.
If you have had chronic low back pain, your core muscles have been eluding you or you have been trying to activate your pelvic floor without success it may be helpful for you to have a one-on-one session with our physiotherapist. Suzie Williams our skilled physiotherapist with years of experience in real time ultrasound can show you exactly where these muscles are located, how well they are switching on and off and what sort of endurance capabilities your core muscles have.
If you have unresolved low back and pelvic pain your pelvic floor may be the missing link to getting back to full health. Please contact us on 9518 0722 to book in your assessment.
Yours in Better Health,
Q: Why are so many athletes in the Olympics wearing kinesio tape?
The tape you are referring to is known as Kinesiology Tape (or Kinesio Tape) and has become very popular amongst athletes and practitioners. It was developed by a chiropractor, Dr Kenso Kase, in the 1970s but became an overnight sensation in 2008 during the Beijing Olympics when the tape was donated to 58 countries for use during the games. Since then it has been used widely to prevent and relieve sporting injuries and a variety of other conditions. Read more