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Fiona O’Connell – Women’s Health Physiotherapist

Qualifications

  • B.App.Sc. (Physio)
  • Post Grad. Dip. Continence and Women’s Health

Biography

Fiona is a physiotherapist with a postgraduate degree in Women’s Health and Continence.

She has many years’ experience treating a range of women’s health issues including incontinence, prolapse, annoying bladder issues such as frequency or urgency, painful intercourse and painful vaginal scar tissue following childbirth or surgery. She also treats male incontinence issues following prostate surgery.

Fiona also runs an innovative class for pelvic floor strengthening, and varied and well-constructed osteoporosis class for strength building and balance.

Articles by Fiona:

Bendy, Flexible and Slightly Floppy? All About Joint Hypermobility

Bendy, Flexible and Slightly Floppy? All About Joint Hypermobility

Do you have loose joints? Do they ever feel like they are going to “pop out” of place? Or are you flexible in some directions of movement and stiff in others? You may have hypermobility and you may be experiencing some of the many other symptoms that go hand in hand with having mobile joints. You may be hypermobile and you may be experiencing some of the many other symptoms that go hand in hand with having mobile joints.
Buttocks Pain and Piriformis Syndrome

Buttocks Pain and Piriformis Syndrome

Experiencing buttock pain? It could be linked to the piriformis muscle, located deep in the buttocks and extending from the sacrum (tail bone) to the hip. This muscle, present on both sides, has the sciatic nerve passing through it in around 90% of individuals. As a consequence, problems with the piriformis can mimic sciatica, causing discomfort.
Is your rib contributing to your neck and shoulder pain?

Is your rib contributing to your neck and shoulder pain?

The first rib protects the upper portion of our lungs and serves as an important attachment site for several muscles from the neck and shoulder.
Clinical Pilates for Arthritis

Clinical Pilates for Arthritis

Clinical Pilates is exercise and exercise is well supported and widely recommended as a vital part of your arthritis management. As you are probably aware, the levels of pain and function with arthritic joints change depending on many factors: your activity the previous day, the weather, your overall wellness…or for no identifiable reason in particular. The nature of Clinical Pilates with modifiable positions and loads means there is always something beneficial to be offered on any day, no matter how you present.
Vertigo Treatment

Vertigo Treatment

Vertigo is a sensation of spinning dizziness, as though the room/environment is spinning in circles around the person. It is a symptom and can be caused by various conditions involving the brain (central) or inner ear (peripheral).
Rheumatoid Arthritis vs. Osteoarthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis vs. Osteoarthritis

Having been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, many people have asked, what is the difference between rheumatoid and osteoarthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects about 0.5% of the population and is an autoimmune disorder causing chronic inflammation. Morning pain and stiffness lasts from 30mins up to several hours and affects women 2-3 times more than men. RA can occur at any age and symptoms can develop relatively rapidly.
How to improve your balance and prevent falls

How to improve your balance and prevent falls

Good balance helps prevent falls, which can lead to severe injury and loss of confidence. Fortunately, it can be improved through a combination of targeted exercises and lifestyle changes.
When Period Pain is Not Normal: The Role of a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

When Period Pain is Not Normal: The Role of a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

For many individuals, experiencing some level of discomfort during their menstrual cycle is considered normal. However, it's important to recognize when period pain goes beyond the typical discomfort and is a sign of an underlying issue
Plantar Fasciosis

Plantar Fasciosis

Plantar fasciosis (previously called plantar fasciitis) is a common problem in the foot. It causes pain underneath the foot, usually starting at the heel and can travel towards the toes. It was previously thought to be an inflammatory condition, but now is thought to be more of a degenerative process.
What’s The Difference? Pilates vs Clinical Pilates

What’s The Difference? Pilates vs Clinical Pilates

We often get asked what the difference is between regular/fitness (mat) Pilates classes and our Clinical Pilates classes. And it's no wonder, the word 'Pilates' has become used by so many different businesses, each with varying degrees of quality.
Clinical Pilates: not just for the young, but for the young at heart!

Clinical Pilates: not just for the young, but for the young at heart!

Clinical Pilates utilises movement and awareness to enhance your brain's natural ability to learn new movement patterns. Research into Neuroplasticity indicates that the brain has lifelong potential for growth and acquiring new skills, so you’re never too old to learn! Here are the benefits of Clinical Pilates if you’re over 60...
Lower Back Pain – what causes it?

Lower Back Pain – what causes it?

Lower back pain may present in a number of ways depending on the underlying causes. Common symptoms may include a dull ache, shooting or piercing pain, or a burning sensation. Pain may be just in your back or radiate into your buttock, groin, legs or feet. You may also experience pins and needles or numbness in the buttock, legs or feet.