Letters - 7 August 2013

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Pelvic flaw

I applaud the collaboration between the CSP and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in writing the joint statement on pelvic floor muscle exercise ( ‘A problem shared’, page 32, 3 July).

However, in my opinion, it is vital that pelvic floor education is given out with maternity services.

I’d like to see this information delivered in schools as part of sex education and make it as normal to do your exercises as it is to brush your teeth.   Physios are best placed to do this.

We could be more dynamic, deliver pelvic floor education through social media, and break the taboo which prevents women from seeking help. Incontinence interferes with every single aspect of their lives and causes real suffering.

Simple stress incontinence is a condition which can be completely cured by doing exercises.

Which part of a condition that causes pain and suffering, affects anyone at any point in their lives and that can be cured by exercise is not part of the job description of a physiotherapist?
Elaine Miller, www.gussetgrippers.weebly.com

A better way

I applaud the CSP and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health’s collaboration with the Royal College of Midwives (‘A problem shared’, page 32, 3 July).

Working in a musculoskeletal (MSK) clinic we often see patients presenting during pregnancy and in the early stages after pregnancy and while some clinics have access to women’s health physios, many don’t.

How about a collaboration between the MSK groups such as Physiofirst and the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists to highlight current best practice, and access to information and specialist therapy?
Helen Skehan, www.physiosolutions.co.uk


I found the ‘Living the dream’ article on Tracy Lewis (page 67, 3 July) really interesting because I also landed my dream job ... straight out of university!

Aberdeen Football Club offered me the chance to complete me elective placement at the end of last year and by 1 January, I was employed full-time as a physiotherapist.

I work alongside the men’s first team in the Scottish Premier League, the club’s under-20 men’s side and I also assist with physiotherapy to the youth academy players.

It does take a while for some male athletes to adapt to having a female around but after a few weeks or months they have finally come to realise I am not going anywhere.

I am very lucky in that the club are also very supportive towards my continuing professional development and is assisting me financially through my acupuncture qualifications this year.

I hope to be working alongside the Scotland women’s football under-17 sides in the upcoming weeks but the dream would be complete if I was to be a physiotherapist for the Scotland senior levels – be it male or female teams!
Aimee Clark

Extended Scope

I would like to apologise for the error in a news item titled 'Key guidance is launched for extended scope physios' (page 14, 17 July) that referred to the cost of the second edition extended scope practitioners (ESP) competency manual.

The cost of the manual for non network members is £45 and not £35 as stated in the news item. Inaccurate information was submitted to Frontline.Visit the ESP website to check out the new electronic edition manual. Vicky Russell, public relations officer, ESP professional network

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