Telford in Birmingham was the venue for the UKCS and Pelvic Floor Society first Pelvic Floor Summit. Presentations included sexual function, urogynae, urology and colorectal they were varied and most informative. We headed over for the conference as the African heatwave hit Birmingham.
In the photo from left to right Sarah Mullins, Helen MacDevitt, Grainne Wall, Sharon McNally and Maeve Whelan. Eimear Murphy not in the photo was also at the conference.
Probably the most topical and frequently appearing at the conference was the question of mesh which appears in the media so often at the moment. There was reassuring information on the safety through the data on mid-urethral sling (MUS) procedures for stress incontinence where other mesh procedures for pelvic organ prolapse are falling in number. It varies from country to country whether mesh for prolapse is allowed and it is still allowed in England and Ireland but not in Scotland. Gynaecologist and Urologists now fear that a surgery for stress incontinence which should be beneficial where conservative treatment has failed will be banned because of lack of knowledge and fear rather than on data that is collected by the profession and on the recommended guidance. The profession is now watching what happens at a political level to see what is going to happen going forward.
In the meantime, physiotherapy gains more recognition for its role in chronic pelvic pain and theories for chronic pain continue to be researched.
Sexual health is promoted and never better than by physiotherapist and comedienne Elaine Miller who through Twitter has get up #pelvicroar to promote better awareness of pelvic floor problems as a barrier to optimal sexual health.
For more information on mesh see https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/news/rcog-response-to-nice-guidance-on-transvaginal-mesh-repair-for-prolapse/
A study by Combs et al in 2011, published in the Physical Therapy Journal discovered really interesting results.
They reported that “The boxing training program was feasible and safe for these patients with Parkinson’s disease. The patients in this case series showed short-term and long-term improvements in balance, gait, activities of daily living, and quality of life after the boxing training program. A longer duration of training was necessary for patients with moderate to severe PD”.
We were delighted to be asked to present to the members of Milltown Golf Club on Thursday evening. Our specialised sports physio Frank spoke about the importance of a golf-specific warm up on reducing injury risk and improving performance.
There are so many resources out there on improving golf performance and reducing injury, it is very difficult for patients to know what to trust. Have a look at the Titleist Performance Institute who have a great website on golf science.
Emily holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Sexology (the scientific study of human sexuality).
She is a Sex and Relationship Therapist and Coach, Sexuality Educator, Professional Trainer and, Facilitator. She writes a weekly sex and relationship column for the Evening Herald and is a regular contributor to the national press, radio, and TV.
Emily is Ireland’s only clinical sexologist and is passionately sex-positive and is currently hosts a clinic in Milltown Physiotherapy every week. Call us now for an appointment or further information.
She leaves judgment and outdated values at the door and talks from the heart about how sex can be fantastic if we choose. While Emily understands that not everyone wants to be sexual, her focus is on helping those who do to shed their shame, become educated and to feel empowered to express themselves.
With the Winter Olympics ongoing in South Korea, it was great to see our own Winter Olympian, and Milltown physiotherapist in a lovely article on The42.ie.
Kirsty McGarry represented Ireland in not one but two Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy and Vancouver Canada.
All Kirsty’s patients in Milltown will be familiar with her passion for the job and wishing to help her patients. Kirsty sums it up nicely here,
“Even when I was working, I wanted to be the best physio. I wanted to keep learning, I wanted to do courses. I find I’m quite empathetic as well, so I really want to do the best for each patient and person. Even when I was in college and doing exams, [my competitiveness] definitely came into everyday life.”
Milltown Physiotherapy is delighted to announce that the renowned sexologist Emily Power Smith has started clinic at Milltown Physiotherapy. Emily Power Smith is the only clinical sexologist in Ireland and as such has a unique skill-set and knowledge base. Emily runs a busy private practice in Dun Laoghaire as well as attending clinic in Milltown Physiotherapy.
Emily has a Masters Degree in Sexology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Psychotherapy, with years of experience as a facilitator, educator and trainer. She teaches at third and post graduate levels, trains, writes, runs seminars and is a regular contributor to Irish National Press, radio and TV. Emily’s mission is to normalise sexuality and to create informed, mature and non-judgmental dialogue around all aspects of sexuality (a sex positive approach). She is consultant and advisor for clients attending Milltown Physiotherapy who may wish to follow up with more intensive therapy.
A really nice infographic courtesy of Professor Bill Vicenzino and Clinical Edge on tennis elbow. He looks at the treatment options, but also what the long term outcomes are post injection which makes for some interesting reading.
We also must really recommend the Clinical Edge website which is a great resource for physiotherapists, helping to make current research nice and easy to bring into clinical practice.
Milltown Physiotherapy are delighted to introduce new Neurological Physiotherapy service led by Chartered Physiotheraist Una Cusack who has expertise as a Neurological Physiotherapist with extensive clinical experience in adult and paediatric Neurological rehabilitation as well as having completed a Masters in Clinical Neuroscience from Kings College London.