Physio aims to get the Fringe laughing, not leaking

Elaine Miller, physiotherapist, comedian, mother of three giant headed children and recovered incontinent is bringing her show, “Gusset Grippers” from the international speakers circuit to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

A shocking 1 in 3 women and 1 in 9 men wet themselves. Leaking is common, but never normal, and most cases of stress incontinence can be cured. “There is a perception that it’s an inevitable consequence of ageing or parenthood, but, that’s not true. There is no need to put up with it.” says Elaine.

Winner “weirdest show of the Fringe” – 2013

‘Startling and humorous insights’ – Sydney Herald
“I love the story-telling quality. I could feel my cervix drop” – Maxi Miciak
“A triumph” – One4Review
“See this show, your knickers will thank you” – Broadway Baby

The aim of “Gusset Grippers” is to break down the taboos which surround incontinence and sexual dysfunctions. “Humour can do that, make it OK to talk about things which are embarrassing, and that will encourage people to ask for help.” That is vital because leaking is a barrier to exercise, and diseases of inactivity like coronary heart disease kill people, about 3.2 million deaths per year, according to the World Health Organisation in 2008. The ban on mesh surgery means it is very important that women are educated about vaginal prolapse and pelvic floor health, there is solid evidence that physiotherapy can manage even significant injuries.

The show is both evidence based and entertaining – “the audience leaves the show knowing what a pelvic floor is, what it does, why having a good one is smashing, and where to take theirs if it is a bit broken.” There is audience participation with prizes and everyone receives a handout with advice and reminders, as well as some goodies from relevant companies. Excitingly, the show counts as Continuing Professional Development for Healthcare Professionals. GPs, midwives, nurses, physiotherapists, urologists, gynaecologists, speech therapists, health visitors and fitness professionals have already indicated they are coming to have a giggle and gain some CPD points. Packs with references, reflective questions and a CPD certificate are provided.

Flyers for the 2016 show fold into an origami vulva. You can download a pdf here.

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