Monthly Archives: June 2013

Prostate Cancer Resources


Fellas, The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia has some amazing resources for you after a prostatectomy (or if you’re just trying to educate yourself on what to do following the diagnosis of prostate cancer). Check out their website for amazing access to personal organizers and other useful tools to reduce the impact of living with cancer.

Jenna Sires PT, DPT


App of The Week

All you therapists, check out this great app that can help to educate your patients on pelvic organ prolapse (POP)…



The POP-Q Program can help transform each patient’s understanding of her disease state, facilitating a
more informed discussion about treatment options.

Since when did incontinence become fashionable?

Sue Croft excellently documents a common misconception about urinary leaking during exercise. Check it out, and let us know what your thoughts are!

sue croft physiotherapist blog

I want to show you something truly reprehensible. Click on this link and watch a YouTube video with a bronzed TV type interviewing a bunch of very fit looking women – asking them “Do you pee when you do Crossfit?”  Initially the girls are reluctant to talk about it but then momentum builds and before we know it seems hilarious, only natural and yes almost fashionable to be doing it. And what’s more it’s sort of endorsed by a FEMALE GYNAECOLOGIST – yes shouty capitalsare necessary here to make the point that her endorsement of this being acceptable is wrong, disgusting, outrageous and truly lacking in her duty of care as a medical practitioner.

It is very apt that I came across this video via an email from our Women’s Health Network in Queensland in this particular week – on the cusp of World Continence Awareness Week.  Yes…

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App of The Week

Yoga Free is a free app for those who seek perfect balance of mind and body!
Professionally made content, photo, audio and video guidance, coupled with convenient grouping of poses according to their level and type, will turn your yoga routine into an inspiring journey to the depths of inner peace.

The training mode is highly enjoyable and relaxing: voice instructions, videos, and special tunes will make you fly through your session!


  • Listen to music as you workout
  • Design your own program
  • Detailed instructions and photos of poses.
  • All poses are conveniently grouped according to level and type
  • Got a call or received an SMS during your workout? No worries! The app will automatically pick up right where you left off.



Congratulations to our very own, Jessica Powley, who just found out that she passed her Women’s Health Specialist examination! She is officially Jessica Powley PT, DPT, WCS.

A Women’s Health Clinical Specialist (WCS) is a licensed physical therapist who:

  • Has proven they have the knowledge, skill, and experience exceeding that of the physical therapist at entry to the profession and unique to the area of women’s health practice by successfully passing the Women’s Health Clinical Specialist Examination
  • Is certified in Women’s Health Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS)
  • Has completed a minimum of 2000 hours of women’s health clinical practice, 25% of which has been in the last 3 years OR has successfully completed an APTA-credentialed post  professional clinical residency that has a curriculum plan reflective of the Description of Specialty Practice: Women’s Health Physical Therapy (DSP).


Therapist Spotlight

Jessica Powley


Why did you decide to specialize in Pelvic PT?

It really wasn’t a decision as much as I just sort of fell into it. When I was working on my doctorate at Duke University, we had the opportunity to select clinics to rotate with, and I didn’t really know what area I wanted to go in. I ended up selecting an orthopedic, neurological as well as Women’s/Pelvic health rotation with the thought that it would make me “well-rounded.” At that time, I had no idea that I would be blessed by working with Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT (one of the best Pelvic PTs in the nation, in my own unbiased opinion) and had absolutely no idea that I would fall head over heels with Pelvic PT…but that’s what happened. I loved the patients. I loved helping people with problems that can be extremely life-impacting. I found that the more I learned, the more I wanted to know… and that is when I knew that this was the specialty for me.

What is one of your most memorable patient experiences?

All of our patients are special, and I truly think I have been taught by each and every one of them. However, I do remember very clearly one of the first patients I ever treated, as she marked for me the turning point from “I may want to sort of do Pelvic PT” to “I definitely am specializing in Pelvic PT.” She was a wonderful 28-year-old female referred to our clinic for dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse). She had been experiencing pain since her first sexual encounter and had actually had several relationships end over that issue. She was the first patient I had worked with who had this diagnosis, and I was shocked at how quickly she improved. Within a few weeks, she was able to have sex with her partner without pain, and I clearly remember her sitting in our office with tears in her eyes telling us how happy she was. That was such a powerful and impacting moment for me, and I realized at that point that I needed to help more men and women just like her.

Is there anything that surprises you?

I joke with my patients that not much they could say would surprise me :), but on a more serious note, I am constantly surprised at the ability of my patients to rise above difficult circumstances to truly impact the lives of others. I have seen people experience tragedy and pull through to the other side, and that is inspirational and encouraging. Part of what I love about my job is the relationship I can form with each and every patient I treat. Those relationships are what push me to become the best therapist I can be so that I can truly impact the lives of my patients for the better.

What do you see, or what would you like to see, in regards to pelvic PT?

My patients always ask me, “Is this a new treatment?” and the sad answer to that is no. Pelvic PT has been around for a long time (over 100 years!), but so many people do not even know it exists! I was one of those people before I went into physical therapy, and I wish that was not the case. I would love to see Pelvic physical therapists become more active in advocating for our profession and advocating for the health of our patients! I would love to see patients start seeking out pelvic PT as a treatment when they need it so they can get the help they need sooner rather than later!

If you could provide someone with just one piece of advice in regards to pelvic health, what would it be?

My biggest piece of advice would be, “Listen to your body!” Our bodies are fascinating and wonderfully made! We are given cues all of the time when something doesn’t seem to be working properly, and it is important to pay attention to those cues and nip them in the bud! Many times, my patients will tell me that they have been leaking urine for YEARS, or having pain during sexual intercourse for YEARS, or experiencing constipation for YEARS…and that is not okay! Talk to your doctors about the problems you are experiencing…talk to one of us about the problems you are experiencing… talk to someone! Don’t settle for “common” problems…help is available and there are wonderful people (all of my colleagues!) who live to help YOU!

App of The Week

We all could use a little more R & R in our life! Check out this neat meditation app:


Zazen – Zen Meditation Timer and Mindfulness Bell

With this free app you can select meditation sessions up to 30 minutes, and use the start timer to delay in 10 second increments. Zazen includes pause and stop features, and 2 free chimes / bells to choose from. Also included is the mindfulness bell, which can be scheduled to play at specific times or “by the minute.”

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