A pain free life
Between the sheets with Pelvic Solutions
Most of us know how debilitating pain can be; whether caused by a broken limb, surgery, sickness, trauma, mental illness or a broken heart. We can become irritable, despairing, angry and inundated with a sense of hopelessness. Luckily, for most of us, we heal. The bone mends, the scars fade, new love flowers and we receive the help we need. For those whose pain is ongoing, life can become unbearable and devoid of hope.
Chronic pain is an issue often shrouded in silence. Sufferers live among us – working in our shops and health clinics and schools and governments, shouldering their conditions in secrecy. For many, a life in pain is a reality, representing a serious health issue in this country. One in six New Zealanders report suffering from chronic pain – which is defined as ongoing pain, generally lasting longer than three-months. It’s an issue that Lisa Carnie, founder of Pelvic Solutions, sees again and again. Sufferers stumble upon the clinic, often at the end of their tether, having tried every type of therapy under the sun, with no joy. Many have never heard of pelvic physiotherapy, and are floored with the results. This is life-changing work; lifting the burden of chronic pain and shining a light on days crippled by debilitating conditions.
A passion was born: Our Founder's rise to reason
Sex. The mystique and mundane, the taboo and the accepted, the longing, love, shame, trauma, stigma and necessity of it, wrapped and knotted together to embody an incredibly nuanced, sensitive and personal experience. Sexual behaviour can move along a spectrum, from the conservative to the very liberal; while sexuality, the erotic and its physical manifestation also exists on a spectrum. On one side is the joyful, whole bodied worship of sex as the ultimate expression of divine love; a spiritual act that helps to raise consciousness, ignite creativity and spark connectivity. At the opposite end, sex is an act to be feared or to be shied away from; a trigger of former trauma, a painful experience, or one that brings little or no sensation or contentment. Many of us will traipse up and down the spectrum through our lives to various degrees like playing a keyboard; dancing to a soundtrack that ebbs and flows according to our life’s events. Childbirth, loss, love, pain and emotional disturbances alter the frequency and vibrations of the chords so that the sound waves oscillate. Sometimes, the tune jars discordantly and we lose that sweet rhythm that dictates the beat of our days. However, with the right fiddling of the right knob at the right time (!) the harmonies can unite in angelic delectability, so that everything and everyone is singing of the same hymen sheet. I mean, hymn sheet.
What does an initial pelvic health Physiotherapy appointment involve?
How Lisa Carnie found her purpose after her traumatic birth experience.
Sporting a pink, floaty dress, brightly coloured Portuguese ceramic earrings and long dark hair, Lisa Carnie doesn’t strike you as a typical physiotherapist. Welcoming me into her Pelvic Solutions clinic for a cuppa, the clinician’s professionalism is laced with an exuberance for what she does and a determination to change the status quo. Pelvic Solutions isn’t just a job for Lisa; it’s a passion and a lifestyle, as well as a beacon of hope for many, forged from her own personal story. Told from the heart……
Healthy poo for a healthy you!
We understand that some people get nervous about attending their first pelvic health physiotherapy appointment, because it is new to them and they don’t know what to expect.
We have made this video to help you understand what an initial appointment involves and how we can help put your worries at rest.
Movement For Play!
We love educating our community about poo! If kids and adults alike understand what their poo means, and what to do about it if your poo goes a bit funky - hard and chunky, soft and sloppy.... what things you can change to get the perfect poo!
Many pelvic health concerns come due to constipation or straining to pass bowel motions, so learning about what health toilet habits are for bowel health can make a massive difference to prevent and improve pelvic health concerns .
Do you want the perfect pregnancy poo?
Go and watch a child play. They are in the moment. They don’t have to think ‘now how am I going to get down that low to pick up my toys?’ or ‘how am i going to jump from one rock to the next across a stream?’ it is effortless. This is because they spend hours playing! Their hips and spines are supple not stiff from sitting or standing in the same position all day.
Unsure where to start with getting suppleness back in the spine or hips and pelvis then this blog is a must read!
A painful poo is never nice to do, even when you are not pregnant! Avoiding straining at this point in the motherhood journey is very important, so to not overload the pelvic organs and the pelvic floor. We also don’t want those haemorrhoids to rear their ugly heads!