Show Notes: Molly Gallbraith is a US-based Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Coach who has experience in cheerleading, gymnastics, figure competition and bodybuilding. She co-founded Girls Gone Strong. She has dedicated her life to helping women “give themselves grace and compassion when it comes to their bodies so that they can discover and accept what their best body looks like”.
In this podcast, Molly Galbraith discusses the postnatal period, with particular reference to the issue of body image after pregnancy.
Themes covered in the discussion include:
The pressure women experience to ‘bounce-back’ after the birth of a child
Physical and mental changes that occur during pregnancy and in the post-natal period
How these changes impact on a woman’s self-image
Advice for mum (of children of all ages) to help us learn to love our post-partum bodies
Tips for health and fitness professionals to support women in achieving their goals
Robin Kerr is an Australian Physiotherapist whose special interests include pelvic floor issues, low back pain, pelvic pain, persistent pain and motion training. In addition to her qualifications in Physiotherapy, Robin also holds post-graduate qualifications Continence Management and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation. Robin has a diverse range of experience including stints spent working with the RAAF, with track and field athletes, including those involved in international competition, and in private practice in sports, orthopaedic and women’s health settings.
In this podcast, Robin gets into the nitty gritty of back pain, what it is, and what we can do about it.
Themes covered in the discussion include:
How common is back pain
What is pain and why do we experience it
Neuroplasticity and the role of the brain in pain
Tissue damage vs pain; is it possible to have one without the other
Tissue healing and protective mechanisms
Central nervous system issues
How the way we manage back pain (as clinicians) can sometimes make it worse
How management of back pain has evolved over time and what patients should expect from their clinicians
What clinicians mean when they refer to the biopsychosocial approach and why it’s important
Factors indicative of a rapid recovery
Potential ‘red flags’ which may suggest persistent pain
The importance of staying active
Pain recurrence, what it is how to deal with it
The role of movement and exercise
General advice for patients with back pain, including what to expect from your health professional
Pain as a nervous system issue
Suggestions for ways to ‘hack’ your nervous system
Individual Papers: Buchbinder R, van Tulder M, Öberg B et al. Low back pain: a call for action. Lancet 2018; 391(10137): 2384-2388. Clark S, Horton R. Low back pain: a major global challenge. Lancet 2018; 391(10137): 2302. Foster NE, Anema JR, Cherkin D et al. Prevention and treatment of low back pain: evidence, challenges, and promising directions. Lancet 2018; 391(10137): 2368-2383. Hartvigsen J, Hancock MJ, Kongsted A et al. What low back pain is and why we need to pay attention. Lancet 2018; 391(10137): 2356-2367.
Dr. Jessica Drummond is a physical therapist and functional nutritionalist who is passionate about empowering women who struggle with chronic pelvic pain conditions and hormonal imbalances, and female athletes, and supporting women’s health and wellness professionals globally. She has two decades of experience working with women using physical therapy and functional nutrition, and teaching her colleagues, from an integrative, evidence-based, and conservative perspective. She regularly lectures on topics such as integrative pelvic pain management, natural fertility options, optimal hormone health, female athletes, and functional and integrative nutrition for rehabilitation, nutrition, wellness, fitness, and medical professionals. She was educated at the University of Virginia, Emory University, Duke Integrative Medicine, and Maryland University of Integrative Health.
In this podcast, Jessica Drummond discussed the issue of energy depletion and fatigue that many women experience in the first twelve months after delivery, including the impact of sleep deprivation and fatigue which is unrelieved by sleep.
Themes covered in the discussion included: – Reasons why energy levels may be reduced including nutritional aspects, bodily requirements for energy, digestive system factors and factors related to immune function – The importance of not missing other issues which may be contributing including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatric arthritis, vulvodynia, endometriosis Learning from the quietening of autoimmune processes during pregnancy – Hormonal changes and their impacts – Regulation of insulin levels and the impact of caffeine and cortisol – The role of stress and anxiety and factors which can help to buffer them – Tips for new mums – Timing of pregnancies – Exercise and recovery – Exercise and conception – Nutrition and pelvic pain
Drummond J, Ford D, Daniel S, Meyerink T. Vulvodynia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treated With an Elimination Diet: A Case Report. Integr Med (Encinitas) 2016; 15(4): 42-7.
Kroenke CH, Michael YL, Poole EM et al. Postdiagnosis social networks and breast cancer mortality in the After Breast Cancer Pooling Project. Cancer 2017; 123(7): 1228-1237.
Rooney KL, Domar AD. The relationship between stress and infertility. Dialogues Clin Neurosci 2018; 20(1): 41-47.
Rooney KL, Domar AD. The impact of lifestyle behaviors on infertility treatment outcome. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol 2014; 26(3): 181-5.
Jessica’s Book Chapters: Drummond J. ‘Chapter 5 Functional Nutrition for Pelvic Health’ in Chughtai B, Stein A, Espinosa G (Eds). Healing in Urology: Clinical Guidebook to Herbal and Alternative Therapies. New Jersey: World Scientific Publishing. 2016. [details]
Drummond JR. ‘Chapter 17 The Adolescent Female’ in Irion JM, Irion GL (Eds). Women’s Health in Physical Therapy. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. 2010. [details]