Physio and exercise for all ages at My Little Physio Family
My Little Physio Family is here to help guide you and your family through all of life’s stages.
From pre and postnatal care and paediatrics through to the older adult with all of life’s experiences.
My Little Physio Family have designed their Mums and Bubs group exercise sessions as a fantastic way for you to meet other mums, be guided through safe and appropriate exercises tailored to your needs, all while having your little one engaged and supported (sometimes bubs just need a cuddle!). Think mother’s group, playgroup, and exercise all rolled into one.
Classes utilise the beautiful facilities within Körpermotus Pilates and are individually programmed.
My Little Physio Family is located on Unley Road (great place to catch up with other mums for coffee!).
The team offer a range of other services including pre and postnatal physiotherapy, and paediatric physiotherapy.
Private health rebates available.
123 Unley Road, Unley 5061
0467 601 501
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Supporting your journey to health and wellbeing
SA Integrated Therapies (SAIT) is a very special place where the amazing team offers a wide range of therapies to support you and your kids on your journey to health and well-being.
The team works closely together to provide you a truly holistic treatment approach, giving you the best possible results.
The services SAIT currently provides are:
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Acupuncture (for Fertility, Pregnancy, Chronic Health, Headaches, Pelvic Pain and much more)
- Cosmetic Acupuncture
- Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Musculoskeletal Therapy
- Bowen Therapy and Myotherapy
- Various treatments for Acute and Chronic Pain, & Mental Health
- Kids’ Health (Podiatry, aches & pains, Naturopathy – meal plans for picky eaters/dietary needs)
The people are super friendly and the space is welcoming and filled with natural light, upcycled timber, a jungle of plants, interactive chalk walls, books, and a tea station. You might even have the privilege of meeting their clinic dog, Fugee!
For more information:
225 Grote Street, Adelaide
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Physiotherapy at all stages of life
Pregnancy and the first six months after birth bring massive changes for women physically, mentally and emotionally.
With all the information on the internet at their fingertips, you’d think women would be going into this time more prepared than ever. Yet some women are still uncertain when it comes to questions like “what exercise is safe for me?”, with conflicting advice found online. Many women are also surprised by unexpected changes that occur in this time.
Navigating through all stages of life
That’s where Life Cycle Physiotherapy comes in. Founder Jenny Phillips is passionate about helping women navigate through all stages of life – from pregnancy, through to postpartum and beyond. As a Titled Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, Jenny has extensive experience treating all sorts of pelvic health concerns, including incontinence, prolapse and pain with intercourse. These are common problems for many women and can often crop up for the first time during pregnancy or after having a baby. But many women feel embarrassed to talk about these issues and will not seek help. Jenny feels it is important for women to know they are not alone. Getting the right treatment and advice can make a huge difference to help overcome these problems.
Expert advice, treatment and classes
Life Cycle Physiotherapy also treats more than pelvic health problems. From low back and pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy, diastasis rectus (abdominal separation) after birth or back and neck pain related to breastfeeding or caring for your baby, Jenny has years of experience treating all sorts of issues that women can encounter through their lives. As a qualified Pilates instructor, she can also give expert advice on exercise. In fact, Life Cycle Physiotherapy also offers both Pregnancy and Mums & Bubs exercise classes, helping you to exercise safely and effectively during your pregnancy and recover after birth.
Jenny’s top 3 tips
Jenny from Life Cycle Physiotherapy gives us her top tips for getting through pregnancy and the postpartum period in the best shape possible:
- Do your pelvic floor exercises! If you don’t know how (or you are having problems) see a Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Physio.
- Keep moving! Exercise helps prevent many problems and is great to keep you and your baby healthy.
- Look after your mental health. Peri and postnatal depression are more common than you may think but help is available.
Contact Jenny at Life Cycle Physiotherapy to make a booking:
Level 1, 18 Dequetteville Tce,
92 Carrington St, Adelaide
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The PoppiE Study: Pinpointing how much iodine women should be taking during pregnancy
SAHMRI Senior Research Fellow and Midwife, Dr Karen Best, has dedicated her career to helping women and children through pregnancy as both a clinician and a researcher. These days she spends her time striving to find the answers to help women give birth to healthier babies.
KIDDO caught up with Dr Best to find out about the PoppiE Study, a one of a kind trial aiming to discover the optimal level of iodine pregnant women should consume to assist with baby brain development.
What’s special about the PoppiE Study?
PoppiE is the first randomised controlled trial to look at the amount of iodine in supplements for pregnant women who may be getting enough iodine from their food intake. This study will provide the evidence we need to pinpoint how much iodine women should be taking during pregnancy to help with baby’s brain and nervous system development.
Why is it so important to investigate this?
Finding out the ideal amount of iodine to have during pregnancy is important because studies have shown that not getting enough iodine can lead to lower developmental scores in children, as can having too much iodine.
Recent studies suggest that some women get enough iodine from the food they eat and may not need the amount of iodine in common prenatal supplements. More is not always better, we need to find out what the optimal amount of iodine is for pregnant women.
How many participants are you looking for?
We’re looking for 750 women from around Australia to join the study and we’re really eager to hear from potential participants as soon as possible!
What’s the criteria?
Women must be less than 13 weeks of pregnancy in order to take part. This is because iodine intake can start to make an impact in early pregnancy.
How do we check if we’re eligible?
Firstly, just scan the QR code on this article and it’ll take you to the SAHMRI website to answer a few questions about your pregnancy.
If your answers meet the study criteria, you’ll then be asked to fill out a 10-minute online food frequency questionnaire that estimates how much iodine you have in your diet based on what you eat. We’ll notify you straight away of what your iodine intake is and if it’s above 165 micrograms per day, SAHMRI will contact you to explain the study and ask if you’re willing to take part.
What does participation in the study involve?
We’ve made it really simple and straight forward to be involved. There are no face to face visits until your baby is 24 months of age. Women who enrol will be given prenatal multivitamin supplements (similar to leading brands) with a standard amount of iodine or a reduced amount of iodine, to take daily until they give birth. They will be asked to answer some questions via text message or phone call as their pregnancy progresses and then every 6 months until their baby is 24 months.
We will ask mums to bring their baby to a clinic for a developmental assessment when they’re 24 months of age. We will reimburse families for their attendance and give them a report of the assessment.
What would you say to those who might be on the fence about signing up?
Please don’t underestimate the difference you can make! The reason we’re able to continually improve health outcomes for mothers and babies is due to the willingness of people to take part in important studies like this one.
By taking part in PoppiE you’re really helping us gather the evidence we need to be able to safely guide women and children towards the kind of healthier future we all want.
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Slow and simple: Exercise in the first 8 weeks postpartum
The first weeks with a new baby is a beautiful and wild ride. I don’t think another time of life rivals the emotional ups and downs of those first weeks.
Depending on the birth experience you may feel excited or impatient to get moving or you may wonder how on earth you will ever manage exercise again.
No one woman, body or baby is the same so everyone’s experience will be different.
Regardless, when it comes to movement in the first 8 weeks, less is more.
Start by just walking
When you are feeling ready and your doctor or midwife gives you the thumbs up, start with some walking. Starting with simply walking to the end of the street, then take it around the block, then to the local coffee shop. If you are pushing the pram it gives a little support while also providing a bit of gentle resistance so your core and arms are working more than you might think. Be sure to listen to your body for when to rest.
Core and Pelvic Floor
Book into a women’s health physio at around 6 weeks to talk about core and pelvic floor activation. I know it is easier NOT to do this but it will make such a difference to your recovery long term if you have great allied health professionals in your corner – It takes a village after all!
When feeding (bottle or breast cause #fedisbest!) take an extra minute to sit up straight, grab a ton of pillows or lay down and get into a comfortable position to feed.
It’s estimated a woman can spend up to 30 hours a week feeding a newborn (mind blown right!?) so a little bit of propping up will save your back and help slowly encourage those abdominal muscles to wake back up.
There are some gentle leg extensions you can do to help slowly activate the core. These are super gentle simple laying on the ground on your back, knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Inhale to prepare and as you exhale, drag one heel out in front of you along the floor. Slowly bring it back in and alternate sides. Using the breath and core to stabilise you through this movement is a really gentle and effective exercise to start building core awareness and generally start getting to know this new body of yours.
Outside of movement I believe that some self nurturing is really important in this time too. This may not be for everyone but massaging some beautiful body oil into your skin after a shower and taking a minute to really look at your body with love and awe can create a “bond” with your postnatal body. Thanking it, nurturing it and admiring what a miraculous feat has occurred.
Basically, I am encouraging you to take it slow. You have the rest of your life to get and be fit!
For now you are fit for the purpose of looking after that sweet baby and this can be an amazing time to slow down and really tune into nurturing not only the baby but YOURSELF.
To follow on with Bridie’s post natal recommendations in real time:
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Why choose functional mobile personal training?
If you’ve looked into personal training or group fitness classes lately, you’ve probably seen “functional training” in a workout description.
But a far cry from fitness fad, functional training is more than just the latest buzzword, it’s a legitimate workout and it’s all about helping us move better in day-to-day life. Whether that’s picking up your kiddo, carrying the shopping bags from of the car or lifting something down from a top shelf, the key word here is function. A functional workout is one that strengthens you in a particular way that directly translates to an activity outside the gym and within your every day life.
We asked Ryan Bartlett, Founder of Functional for Life personal training to take us through why functional mobile personal training is a great choice for busy parents.
Convenience: You can train almost anywhere
With Functional for Life personal training, you can engage in an awesome functional circuit with no equipment whatsoever, or —when you’re ready to challenge yourself further— with simple free weights or hand held equipment like kettle bells, dumbbells or resistance bands.
You choose where you train, whether it’s the park, the beach, or in your own lounge with the kiddos playing in the next room. You don’t even need much space; most clients can be trained in an area the size of two exercise mats and still have an excellent work out.
Functional for Life deliver high-quality, mobile, professional personal training in Adelaide and surrounding suburbs, and work training in and around your lifestyle and goals. You’ll have expert guidance giving you the confidence you’re implementing the right exercises and routines for you.
Reach your goals with Functional Training
Personal training these days can be very ‘one size fits all’ however Functional for Life programs are highly tailored and specialised to each individual client.
Functional training means there is a focus on repeating movements that are going to benefit you in your every day life. Functional movements can be done in a variety of ways ranging from activation exercises, strength and even high intensity interval training (HIIT).
Through this style of training almost any health and fitness goal can be achieved, whilst simultaneously training your body to function significantly better, optimising your overall movement for day-to-day life.
If you choose to train with us, we will make your body stronger, more mobile and ready to keep up with your kids, garden with ease, lift the shopping bags out of the car and run that extra mile.
– Ryan Bartlett, Founder of Functional for Life
Functional for Life Adelaide
Functional for Life have been working with clients in Adelaide since 2019, priding themselves on up-skilling all trainers to be highly competent in improving movement through training.
The Functional for Life team believe that it’s essential to work on having a body that moves correctly and efficiently, the way it was designed to. This is the first step in any exercise program and once this foundation has been built, you’ll be putting yourself in the best position possible to engage in any exercise program you like.
1300 070 955
Find out more about Functional for Life
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