Managing Your Menopause

Managing Your Menopause

Everyone goes through the menopause at about 50 years of age. Some ladies  have very few symptoms and others really struggle with the hormonal and physical changes affecting their lives.

Menopause can affect our health, heart, minds, musculoskeletal systems, bladder, libido and more.

Seeking advice is so important and as a women’s health physio I can help and direct you along the right path to living a better life.

I am  currently taking this fabulous course, Menopause Management for Physiotherapists .I can’t wait to pass on my newly acquired knowledge to you.

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Re-Opening of Lucy Bendle’s Physiotherapy Practice

Re-Opening of Lucy Bendle’s Physiotherapy Practice

It is with great pleasure that Lucy Bendle Physiotherapy will re-open on Monday 15th June for restricted face to face appointments.

Please be advised that I will be following the strict guidance of the Government and my Governing Body (CSP) and have the policies and protocols in place to ensure your safety.

I will be able to see patients face-to-face if they comply with the strict triage protocols in accordance with guidance from my Governing body (CSP). All patients will therefore be required to have a virtual assessment first either by telephone or online.

Patients will be fully screened over the telephone for covid-19 symptoms and be asked to complete an online questionnaire.

Please do not attend the clinic if you are unwell.

I will be wearing full PPE in accordance to PHE guidelines and have strict cleaning procedures in place between patients.

In accordance with PHE guidelines all patients will be required to wash their hands on entering and leaving the treatment room and to wear a face covering during treatment.

I will continue to offer Virtual Online assessments and treatments so you can continue to get the care and advice you need from the comfort of your home. Please do not put off seeking treatment if required.

I thank you for your continued support during this extremely challenging time and I will keep you updated with any changes. In the meantime please stay safe.

If you require an appointment please telephone me on 07899873648 or email lucybendle63@gmail.com.

Is Working From Home Damaging Your Posture?

Is Working From Home Damaging Your Posture?

Many of us are now working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions imposed to prevent further spreading. This is great for those of us who enjoy our work and can home work whilst retaining our productivity, and our sanity!  But who amongst us has given a thought for the design of the furniture we are now sitting and working at every day?  

What are you sitting upon whilst you work?
  • Dining room chair?
  • Old office chair? 
  • Sofa? 
  • Stool? 

Unexplained back or pelvic pain might be explained by the very chairs we are sitting upon.

Here are the three top tips you can incorporate into your working life which can help. 

  1. Daily pelvic exercises will strengthen your core and help prevent stress to your back 
  2. Pelvic tilts can be done at your desk and you will feel a difference in your posture immediately
  3. Pelvic tightening …. the perfect combination of slow and fast contractions 3 times a day

Strengthening your core will assist your back and put less strain on it. A strong core supports a strong back.  Do be careful not to fall into the category of the 60% of us who are not doing their pelvic exercises correctly.  I am offering one-to-one sessions, online.  Make sure you are carrying out your exercises correctly. 

There are things you can do whilst sitting at your desk.  If you have a Pilates ball at home they can help you to engage your core muscles whilst sitting. Brilliant. Work your core whilst you answer your emails! A balance cushion works in a similar way, engaging some key core muscles whilst you work. 

Strengthen, Engage, Stabilise. 

3 reasons why you should sit on a balance cushion or physio ball at your desk

  1. It helps strengthen your deep abdominals
  2. It helps strengthen your pelvic floor
  3. Enables dynamic seating

 

 

 

 

Notice the difference in my posture in the two photographs .

Using a balance ball or cushion will help strengthen your core, whilst you work! …and your boss will never know! 

If you feel you would benefit from a one to one online session, find out more here.

Urinary Incontinence? Don’t Suffer in Silence

Urinary Incontinence? Don’t Suffer in Silence

Do you suffer from Urinary Incontinence? Well you are not alone.!

Evidence shows that Pelvic Floor muscle training is 8 times more effective than no exercises.

Approximately 20% of women over the age of 40 have stress Urinary Incontinence. If you do suffer from some stress urinary incontinence don’t suffer any longer contact myself for an assessment and treatment.

Click here or on the image below to learn more about the Cochrane evidence.

Here’s Lucy!

Here’s Lucy!

Hello and welcome to my first blog on my new website.  My name is Lucy Bendle and I have been practising physiotherapy since 1984.  I qualified as a Physiotherapist at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

After doing my junior rotations which included working with the heart transplant team I spent two years travelling and working in the UK and Europe.

I returned to South Africa where I worked in private practice for 12 years. During this period I attended various courses and was the physiotherapist for the South African veteran cycling team. I also ran marathons and ultra marathons and treated many runners.  I also served in the executive committee of the South African Society of Physiotherapy and represented them at the Africa conference and the World Confederation for Physical Therapy conferences.

In 2000 I moved to the UK with my husband and children. Since then I have worked all over the North east in the NHS, Occupational Physiotherapy and Private Practice.  My clinic is based in Blackwell Lane, Darlington and I am make home visits to any patient unable to attend my clinic.

I am passionate about helping people in pain get better and achieve their goals in life. A lot of the time we need to retrain our muscles and joints to move optimally.