It's becoming more common for a Women's Health Physiotherapist to see women with Abdominal Separation. The clinical name for the separation of the stomach muscles is Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA). The stretching and thinning of the recti abdominis muscles is a natural occurrence during pregnancy (30-70%) to accommodate the growing baby and up to 66% of women have a significant separation by the end of their third trimester.

Mums and Bubs Classes at Thrive Health Co. Returning to exercise after having your baby is something that most new mothers look forward to, however with limited sleep and busy routines regular exercise can seem difficult. At Thrive Health Co. the Mums and Bubs class is run by our Women’s Health Physiotherapist in a relaxed and supportive environment and addresses the changes to the body that occur during pregnancy to help you recover from birth and regain your strength and confidence.

So you have neck pain or back pain and you have tried a few different things that simply haven't worked. What else can you try? We know that the pain in your neck, upper and mid back and along the shoulders is irritating and distracting - sometimes causing aching pain and discomfort between the shoulder blades, either side of the spine, up the neck and into the back of the head and even down towards the lower back.  The pain can increase as the day goes on, making you feel like you want to crawl out of your body to get away from it, affecting your ability to comfortably work, study, cook, sleep and carry out your daily tasks. These symptoms can greatly affect your everyday life, becoming tiring and restricting. In simple terms, it's debilitating.

Here are our top 3 tips to beat stress, overwhelm and slow down this Christmas! As the year draws to an end and silly season begins, stress levels tend to be on the rise. Holidays, family events, presents, work, and social engagements – many people feel as though they don’t stop from December to the end of January! This can have serious impact on your health and wellbeing, not to mention your enjoyment of this time. Whilst the hit of adrenaline that accompanies short-term stress is useful for overcoming obstacles (whether it’s a end of year presentation at work or mad dash into the shops for last minute presents), long-term stress is shown to have significant negative effect on the immune system that can manifest into illness. (Salleh, 2008)

If you’ve experienced shoulder pain you would know how irritating it can be – sometimes causing radiating pain out from the shoulder to the neck or back or down the arm, affecting your ability to lift the arm up without pain, put your coat on, sleep on the affected side, carry bags and luggage, work at your desk without increased aggravation and perform exercise without range restriction and pain and even weakness. These symptoms can greatly affect your everyday life, becoming tiring and restricting.

Why does my Myotherapist use Dry Needling and what is it? Dry Needling involves inserting very small acupuncture needles into the skin, muscles or ligaments in the body to create a response. The term "dry" refers to the fact the needle has no liquid being injected, rather the needle itself mechanically stimulating different body parts. Dry Needling has become an increasingly common technique used by Myotherapists and Physiotherapists alike. It can be used to treat a range of injuries and painful muscle and joint conditions. Our Myotherapists at Thrive Health Co. often use the dry needling technique to help address muscle tightness or tension, swelling or pain. It's extremely effective as it targets specific trigger points. in the body. It disrupts bands of contracted muscle fibres, this is beneficial as it allows those muscle fibres to relax and let go of the contraction, therefore improving blood flow and oxygenation to the area, reducing muscle aches, increasing the length of the muscle and therefore improving range of motion for the affected joints.