Big thanks for all your messages and emails of support. Our Physio family is strong at this time. We are excited about using this period of uncertainty to develop some new online courses. Gerard has a lot of experience in this area, from his Assistant Prof role in Coventry University and the webinar he developed for the APTA. We move forwards together. Stay safe.
2019 has started well in the clinic and Lisa , Konstantinos and Gerard have been busy seeing lots of men with male pelivc pain and also those with hard flaccid syndrome. We are always overwhelmed by the comments we get from our patients. One of Lisa's patients said he was able to sit for 4 hours on Christmas day with his family and friends rather than getting up every 20 mins due to pain". One of Gerard's patients reckons" he saved him around £10000 as he had planned to travel to Europe to have pudendal nerve surgery but is now back working and back on his bike" ( static bike only yet but aiming to get on the road bike once the Birmingham weather improves. Konstantinos saw a patient recently in a real state as he had a flare up due to the stress of Christmas and 2 sessions later he no longer needs to see him as he is back on track.
When male pelvic pain patients ring up they usually ask one thing " Do you see patients like me and have you seen anyone else like this?" . There is often a stunned silence when they hear we have 3 male pelvic pain physios , we see approx 40 male pelvic pain patients a week and that we do this work 5 days a week. We are not a physio clinic that sees one or two men a week alongside our female patients, we have a dedicated full time male pelvic health physiotherapy service. They are also pleased to hear that alongside treating patients we are also heavily involved in the training of other physios in male pelvic pain.
Konstantinos is spending a weekend at the end of January 2019 with Maria Elliot and her Harley St Pelvic health team looking at how strenght and conditioning can be used more in pelvic health. They have invited Antony Lo over from Australia to run his female pelvic health strenght & conditioning course but what we want to see is how Konstantionos already a highly decorated S & C can adapt this for our male pelvic pain patients especially our triathletes, runners, cyclists. Gerard recently was honoured to do a podcast on Hard flaccid syndrome with USA male pelvic pain physio Dr Susie Gronski. Finding information online on hard flaccid is almost impossible and the feedback so far has been really positive. Gerard has also been invited to teach a male pelvic health course in Washington DC on 11/13th July 2019 . Lisa is also really busy delivering 4 specialist pelvic heath physio courses in UK. People ask us why we don't travel more but our main and number one priority is always the clinic and the men we look after. We are a clinic that treats real patients and not a clinic that just runs courses and we are hugely proud of being #tutorswhotreat. In November 2018 we ran the UK's only 2 day Male pelvic health course with Mr Bill Taylor ( Edinburgh) and Dr Ruth Jones ( Southampton ) also.
If you have any queries about your male pelvic pain or hard flaccid or you are a man post prostate surgery who has urinary incontence or erectile dysfunction feel free to contact us and Gerard will happily speak to you on the phone or via email whatever your preference is.
Saturday 25th September 2021
This will be one of the few Paediatric and adolescent Pelvic Floor and health courses to be run in the UK or Europe in 2020 and one of the 1st to be run as a live online course.
It is aimed at paediatric physiotherapists and pelvic health physiotherapists. With a focus on external techniques, education, behaviour modification, exercise and external pelvic floor techniques this course will equip delegates to add this specialised area of pelvic health to their clinical practice.