Bladder and Bowel Control

Posted June 20th, 2011 by Kirrian Steer and filed in Uncategorized

Bladder and bowel problems – are you in control?

 Poor bladder or bowel control (incontinence) is a common problem that affects 4.6 million people in Australia.  

 From 20-26 June the Continence Foundation of Australia will celebrate World Continence Week – which encourages people to talk about this often hidden problem. 

 “It’s a shame that nearly 70 per cent of people with incontinence don’t speak to their doctor about it, because many cases of incontinence can be improved or cured” said Associate Professor Michael Murray, a Melbourne-based geriatrician, and President of the Continence Foundation of Australia. 

 “Many people mistakenly believe that incontinence is a normal part of ageing, or having a baby” said Associate Professor Murray “however the reality is that it isn’t normal at any age”.

 Whilst incontinence is more prevalent amongst women – especially women who have had a baby or have gone through menopause – it is also common in men who have prostate problems.  Research shows that there are also a range of lifestyle factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing incontinence, including obesity, smoking and lower back pain.     

 Some common symptoms of incontinence include accidentally leaking when you laugh, cough or sneeze, constantly needing to go to the toilet, and not making it to the toilet in time – which can lead those embarrassing little accidents.  “Don’t ignore or dismiss these symptoms though” warns associate Professor Murray, “as incontinence can have a huge impact on a person’s life in terms of their confidence and freedom if left untreated”.

 The main thing to remember is that incontinence can be treated, managed and in many cases cured.  There are also a range of free services available to support people with incontinence so speak to your doctor and get back in control.

Osteopaths treat more than you think

Posted April 27th, 2011 by Kirrian Steer and filed in Uncategorized

The 1st-7th of May is Osteopathy Awareness Week a great time to find out whether osteopathic care can help you.

A lot of people are unaware of the broad range of conditions osteopaths treat and manage; these include;

  • Back and neck pain 
  • Sciatica 
  • Headaches
  • Pregnancy/ post natal care
  • Repetitive strain injuries 
  • Sports injuries 
  • Tendonitis
  • Whiplash
  • Asthma
  • Tennis elbow
  • Postural problems
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  • Digestive problems
  • Heel and foot pain
  • Knee pain
  • Shin splints

 

Most people will suffer from back or neck pain, headaches, sport injuries, stiffness or pain sometime in their life. Osteopaths are trained to identify the cause of the pain or injury and develop a safe and effective treatment plan.

Osteopathy is an effective form of hands-on therapy which aims to optimise the body’s structure enabling it to function at its best.

At Border Osteopathic Clinic we aim to get you moving, pain free and back to your every day activities as soon as possible.

If you think osteopathy might benefit you, call for more information or for an appointment on (02) 60231 603.

April ‘Falls’ Day – Falls Prevention

Posted March 31st, 2011 by Kirrian Steer and filed in Uncategorized

April 1st is April Falls Day, a day to promote falls prevention. Staying active is the most important thing you can do to stay fit and independent as you get older. As we age we lose our sense of balance and muscle strength which can increase our risk of falls.

Being physically active keeps our muscles strong and our joints mobile, improving our balance. Physical activity keeps both your mind and body healthy and is the most effective way to stay independent and reduce your risk of a fall.

Research shows that participating in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week, including balance and strength exercises can reduce your risk of falls substantially.1

There are a number of activities which can help you maintain or improve your strength and balance some include;

-          Yoga

-          Tai chi

-          Lawn bowls

-          Pilates

-          Dancing

-          Group exercise classes

-          Gym sessions

Keeping active and fit not only reduces your risk of a fall but also keep you mobile and active allowing you to continue doing things you like to do.

Other things that may affect your risk of having a fall include;

-          Changes in vision. As we age our vision can deteriorate; you may not see as clearly, less able to judge distance and depth, or adjust to sudden changes in light. It is important to get your eyes checked.

-           Some medications can increase your risk of falls. Discuss your medications with your Doctor, particularly if you’re experiencing drowsiness, unsteadiness, dizziness or confusion.

-           Feet can change shape and lose some feeling. If your feet are swollen and sore it can make it difficult to walk, and some footwear such as slippers can increase your risk of stumbling or tripping. Have your feet checked and wear firm, flat shoes.

-          Diet is also important not getting enough vitamin D can affect your bone and muscle strength as this vitamin helps our bodies absorb calcium from food.2

Ask your osteopath about how you can reduce your risk of falls.

Reference:

  1. http://www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au/staying_active
  2. http://www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au/fall_proof_yourself