Monthly Archives: September 2014

Have you ever counted how many hours a day you spend sitting down? It could affect how long you live!

canstockphoto6816280Practice partner and senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist Helen MacDevitt offers some tips and advice.


Recent research has found that it’s not just about how much physical activity you get, but the amount of time spent sitting that can increase your risk of premature death! The study which followed over 123,000 people over a 13 year period, identified that women who reported more than six hours per day of sitting were 37 % more likely to die during the time period studied than those who sat fewer than 3 hours a day. Men who sat more than 6 hours a day were 18% more likely to die than those who sat fewer than 3 hours per day.

When combined with a lack of general physical activity, the association was even stronger. Women and men who both sat more and were less physically active were 94% and 48% more likely, respectively, to die compared with those who reported sitting the least and being most active. Heart and blood related illness followed by cancer were the most common causes of death.

Take a moment to consider how many hours a day you spend sitting down! Between commuting to and from work, sitting at your desk or in meetings and relaxing at home in the evenings, it is not uncommon to spend up to 10 hours a day (and sometimes more) in a static seated position. Not only will your spine and posture benefit from regular movement but so will your heart and lungs

Examples of how you can move and still work:
• Instead of emailing a colleague, walk to their desk and give them the message or leave a post- it.
• If you are reading a paper document, stand up or lean against a wall to read out
• Keep a small bottle of water on your desk, drink and refill it 3-4 times a day.
• Before your answer your phone, stand up!
• While standing at the printer or photocopier, stretch your arms overhead to lengthen your spine.
• Take the stairs between floors rather than using the lift.
• On your lunch break, leave the office to get a short breath of air – even a brief 10 minute burst of outdoor exercise will refresh you physically and mentally



Journal Reference:
1. Alpa V. Patel, Leslie Bernstein, Anusila Deka, Heather Spencer Feigelson, Peter T. Campbell, 5 Susan M. Gapstur, Graham A. Colditz, and Michael J. Thun. Leisure Time Spent Sitting in Relation to Total Mortality in a Prospective Cohort of US Adults. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2010; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwq155


Pelvic masterclass a great success supporting Deirdre Holland Recovery Fund

The Pelvic Floor Masterclasses on Sept 8th, Sept 17th and Sept 25th were great successes with all venues filled will enthusiastic support for the Deirdre Holland Recovery Fund.


The half hour long presentation was followed by a half hour of pelvic floor exercise with description of how exactly to do your pelvic floor exercises and as the title of the talks went, to find out “Where’s My Pelvic Floor”! We had fun afterwards with questions and answers and participants could look at pelvic floor products supplied by sponsors EVB Sports Shorts, In Tone pelvic floor stimulators by SRA Medical, pelvic floor multipath stimulator by Neurotech Vital and Women’s Health products by Physioneeds. A glass of wine was in some cases welcomed as we relaxed in the company of friends talking about the pelvic floor and much more. Most importantly, Deirdre and her family were delighted and most grateful to everyone for their participation and generosity and with the funds that the classes raised.

Specialist Chartered Physiotherapist in Women’s Health & Continence, Maeve Whelan will be marking World Physical Therapy Day on September 8th 2014 with a Master Class titled Where’s My Pelvic Floor?!

The title of this year’s World Physical Therapy day is “Fit to Take Part” and women throughout the world lose out because they are not fit to take part with one in four women suffering from pelvic pain and one in three women suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction including pelvic organ prolapse, bladder or bowel control problems. Possibly not surprising with those statistics, fifty percent of women contract their muscles the wrong way. Further studies report a prevalence of sexual difficulties in up to 50% of women worldwide.


The Where’s My Pelvic Floor?! Masterclass combines the need to educate women to look after their pelvic floor and at the same time raising funds for Deirdre Holland who tragically lost both lower legs through a rare strain (“Y”) of meningococcal septicemia in April 2013 and is currently in the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire learning to walk again.


This class is for all women who would like to learn more about their pelvic floor.


Registration is online at


Further classes take place throughout September.