About

 

Hi,

I’m Lulu, the owner and specialist Physiotherapist at Lulu Physiotherapy.

Professional background:

I completed my Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at Wits University in 2005, and then did my community service in Kokstad (where I grew up) in 2006.  In 2007 I moved to London.

I initially worked in the NHS before joining the prestigious Portland Hospital for Women and Children’s Physiotherapy team in 2010. At the end of 2012, I left the Portland to work independently and ran my busy private practice in London until we moved back to South Africa in December 2017.  I now practice in La Lucia, Durban.

While working at the Portland, and through the extensive courses that I have attended in the past ten years, I have specialised in treating women, children and babies. I am also a certified Hatha yoga teacher and trained in teaching yoga to children with special needs.

In 2015 I gave birth to my daughter Poppy and her sister Isla arrived in 2017.  I have found that the first hand experience that I have gained in being pregnant, having a natural birth and a whole of breastfeeding struggles have been invaluable in helping me to further understand the physically and emotionally life changing journey that the women I treat, are on.

In 2016, I trained with Dawn Sandalcidi from the USA, who is a leading authority in treating children with incontinence and I am delighted to now also offer treatment to children who are incontinent and struggling with bed wetting.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Acupuncture
  • Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage therapist
  • Sensory integration (level 1)
  • Baby Massage Instructor
  • Qualified to provide assessment u0026amp; treatment for female urinary dysfunction
  • Kinesio taping
  • Hatha Yoga teacher
  • Yoga for children with special needs teacher
  • Pilates mat work
  • Paediatric incontinence u0026amp; bed wetting
  • Functional nutrition for Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Adult piston Science (Julie Wiebe)

I am also the co author of the book “Your Baby’s first year”, available on Amazon here.

My approach:

I am passionate about my job and feel incredible privileged to be able to help Women and children every day.  My Physiotherapy approach is quite ‘holistic’, and I draw quite extensively on my yoga knowledge as an adjunct to my Physio treatments. I am also a firm believer in positive thinking and many of patients leave my clinic with a positive affirmation so spend some time thinking about each day.

My dream is to help to create a society where Women are educated about the part of their anatomy that truly makes them a women.  For the one in three women that we know are urinary incontinent, the one in 8 women who struggle with faecal incontinence and the one in two women who have some degree of vaginal prolapse, to be brave enough to seek help for these conditions, and to empower them to prevent these worsening in the future.  I aim to provide a relaxed and safe environment to discuss any pelvic floor, bladder, bowel or pelvic pain issues and to treat and guide ladies to be as pro active and educated about these areas as possible.

My favourite type of patient:

My favourite Patient to see, is the one who has booked in BEFORE she has any bladder or bowel issues. This lady is educated and informed about her pelvic floor and wants to make sure that she is doing everything that she should be to PREVENT things going wrong in the future. She gets the all clear from a Women’s health Physio before she gets back to exercising after childbirth and knows what her pelvic floor muscle strength is like.  She is aware of the postural changes that happen during pregnancy and how these impact on her pelvic floor and she ensures that works on her alignment to prevent these issues.

I recommend that all women see a women’s health physio at some point in their lives, even if you aren’t currently experiencing any difficulties with your pelvic floor.  I also strongly advise at least one appointment while you are pregnant, one after you have had your baby (ideally at about 6 weeks) and one as you enter or are post menopausal.

The ‘traditional kegel’:

I think that the era of prescribing generalised pelvic floor or kegel exercise advice for women is over.  The statistics tell us that this approach hasn’t worked in the past, and I find that very few of women who come to see me are actually doing a ‘perfect’ kegel.  The majority of women are breath holding, recruiting other muscles such as their glutes or abdominals and not relaxing completely between each exercise which reduces the efficacy of the muscle contraction.  And many women are actually pushing downwards rather than lifting up when they do the exercise, which other than being counter productive, also exacerbates pelvic floor and prolapse problems.  I believe that each woman should be assessed by a Women’s Health Physio to ensure that they are performing their pelvic floor muscle contraction through their full available muscle range, and then have bespoke recommendations regarding their lifestyle, exercise preferences and pelvic floor health.

France:

The French realised the benefits of Women’s Health Physio years ago.  There, every new Mother is given mandatory sessions with a Women’s Health Physiotherapist to assess and strengthen their pelvic floor.  The French government established that by educating women on how to protect and strengthen these muscles in the post partum period, they are less likely to suffer with incontinence and pelvic organ prolapses later in life.  This service is sadly not available for women on the NHS, although I really wish it was. Getting the all clear from a Women’s Health Physio is a vital part of your post partum recovery and essential in ensuring that you only return to exercise once you are safe to.

Corporate Workshops:

I also run corporate workshops for Women on the pelvic floor, the magic of breathing and the importance of self love.  Please email me to enquire about these.

The easiest way to contact me is via the contact button below, if you send me a message with your number and question, I will call you back as soon as possible.

I would love to meet you soon!

Lulu

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