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One in three women suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction. If you think this issue may be affecting you, Women’s Health Physiotherapist Fiona Healy O’Connor is here to help. Fiona is part of the team at Kerry Physiotherapy, which is situated on New Street in the centre of Killarney town.

After graduating from UCD in 2005, Fiona, a Dromid native, started working in Cork University Hospital. Two years later she went into the maternity hospital where she worked for nine years with the obstetricians and gynaecologists in Cork. She later did her Masters in Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in the University of Bradford. She also trained as an APPI Pilates instructor and has done multiple courses in the area of pelvic and women’s health.

Pelvic floor dysfunction isn’t something that people tend to talk about, Fiona explains.

“Women in general tend to keep it to themselves a lot. But they say that up to 80% can be helped by conservative measures such as physio, i.e. without surgery. I see ladies through their pregnancy and also after… Pelvic floor dysfunction can often develop many years later. I’ve treated ladies who haven’t had babies as well.

“Common conditions related to pelvic floor dysfunction would include pelvic pain, pelvic floor weakness, coccyx pain, and tummy muscle separation is one that we see a lot postnatally.”

Fiona has been working at Kerry Physiotherapy since 2015 but has twice been on maternity leave herself during that time. Now she’s starting up a new postnatal reconditioning class aimed at helping you to get back to your best following your pregnancy.

“It’s ideal for women who may be feeling generally weak in their lower back or hips, or experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction or tummy muscle separation,” Fiona says. “The aim is to get you to feel strong and get back exercising in a way that’s positive for your body. If you overload the postnatal body, you can end up with problems.

“This class is going to be pitched at the right level to get women back to full strength and full health.”

The next 6-week course of classes will take place every Monday at 9.30am, starting Monday, May 21. Contact Kerry Physiotherapy at 064 6670960 to book your place.

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Fat dissolving injections target stubborn areas

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests. They are […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests.

They are administered by our in-house Dr. Micheal Flynn who has been attending our salon for the past 10 years. It is the double chin and neck area that is treated and is suitable for both men and women. If you haven’t heard of fat dissolving, it is a very popular and relatively new treatment that is used to target stubborn pockets of fat on the jaw line and chin area. The injection dissolves and eliminates fat cells in a safe and effective way, making it perfect for dealing with stubborn fat that simply won’t budge with exercise.

The main ingredient is a fat dissolving substance sodium deoxycholate, which is found naturally in the body. This is injected into the treatment area which over time will destroy the fat cells. These are then removed from the body by its own lymphatic system, a complex network that rids the body of unwanted toxins and waste.

It is important to understand that fat dissolving injections are not a weight loss treatment. The injections should only be used on people who are a healthy size or carrying a little extra weight. It’s most effective on the pockets of fat stored under the jawline, known as the double chin, a migration of fat cells from the cheeks to the jaw line.

The injections work at a slow pace. It can take serval weeks for full results, but once it’s gone, it’s gone. The results are permanent, once you don’t gain a massive amount of weight.

The next clinic is Monday August 22. To book an appointment or more information, call Jill on 064 6632966.

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Classic tractor drivers to embark on 400km drive to Killarney

By Sean Moriarty Six members of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will set out from County Meath on Wednesday on vintage tractors. They are participating in the annual […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Six members of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will set out from County Meath on Wednesday on vintage tractors.

They are participating in the annual Eastern Vintage Club’s Ring of Kerry Tractor Run which is raising funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Over 50 vintage tractors, including the six Killarney examples, will leave Nobber in County Meath at lunchtime on Wednesday.

After an overnight stop in the midlands on Wednesday night and Newcastle West on Thursday night, the tractors are expected in Killarney town centre just after lunchtime on Friday.

The ‘spectacular show’, now a regular feature of the Killarney summer, will bring the town to a standstill for around one hour.

On Saturday morning the group will depart Tony Wharton’s farm in Fossa before a nine-hour drive around the Ring of Kerry.

The run will finish with a spectacular drive through the Gap of Dunloe.

“We hope to pass through town around 3.30pm on Friday,” said local organiser, Tom Wharton, who is one of the six Killarney-based drivers who will undertake the 400km journey from County Meath to Killarney. “It is always a spectacular show.”

On arrival in Killarney, tractors will be joined by a group of classic cars that will depart Nobber at 9am that morning.

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