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‘Core’ Lessons

‘Core’ Lessons

When I was a teenager (Terry), I was looking for a way to feel great in the white jumpsuits made so popular by ABBA (Yes, I’m that old!) I enjoyed running and cycling to keep fit but I was thrilled when my Dad gave me a little paperback book apparently directly from the Royal Canadian Air Force which he credited with helping him maintain his lean physique. (He was about 45, already ancient in my mind, but admittedly still fit enough to beat my brothers at squash)

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The 5 Things

The 5 Things

Terry Wesselink is our Continence and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist – she adds to our Blogging repertoire:

As a physiotherapist working in pelvic floor health, I am often surprised by how little my patients know about incontinence. Often my patients think I will be shocked by their problem, or that they are simply wasting my time. I often hear phrases like: “I’ve never told anyone but..” ; “My mum says it runs in the family and I just need to get used to it.” ; “I’m too young to have this problem..” ; “Men don’t leak.”

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Life is full of Transitions

A few weeks ago my youngest child officially transitioned from childhood – to teenager. Being a December baby his birthday marks the closing of the school year, the beginning of summer holidays and the end of the calendar year.

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My Best Friend Max

A common thread that links our pets and our babies is their inability to talk and yet they are very capable of ensuring that their needs are met. Parents, care givers and pet owners innately develop their powers of observation, they listen to the intonations of the cry, the bark , the meow, the tweet, the thump, or the whine and they learn to understand that particular gestures, grimaces and behaviours require action and somehow babies thrive and pets live to a ripe old age! At different times in our lives we will need to rely on someone to understand our needs if we are unable to communicate with words or we are not able to speak the native language. During these times, we are reliant on others to utilise their powers of observation and give us the care we need. If this doesn’t happen then the consequences can be dire. The summer of 2013- 14 in Victoria was extremely hot, we had days and days of unrelenting heat with temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius. Commentators on TV and radio were giving us an endless array of tips to stay inside, keep the air-con on, check on your elderly or frail neighbours and make sure you stay hydrated. During this heat wave my husband and I had a 5 day holiday in Tasmania. The plane was late taking off because the tarmac was so hot, it had become soft and boggy. While we were away I had entrusted the care of my pets to my teenage daughters and in the back of my mind was a niggling concern that... read more