It's widely accepted by most pregnant ladies and new mums that pelvic floor exercises are a good idea, with the expectation that our pelvic floor muscles weaken during pregnancy and as a result of stretching during childbirth. It also seems pretty much accepted that not doing them, or not doing them as often as we should, is the reason we leak when laughing a bit too hard or when having a sneezing fit. And why the sight of a trampoline makes us feel a bit anxious for our unde
Let's be honest, when you've just delivered a baby, having your first poo afterwards can fill you with dread and a bit of panic! If you've had a tear or an episiotomy, or you've found yourself a bit constipated it can be a pretty unpleasant experience.
But did you know there is a better way to poo? A way that won't usually require pushing or straining and that is better for your pelvic health? Not just for post birth, but for forever!
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Nearly every type of pelvic health condition is negatively affected by issues with your bowel. Constipation can contribute to pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, low back pain, urinary or bowel leakage and urinary urge (desperate need to have a pee). Any straining to go is really unhelpful, especially if there is any pelvic organ prolapse - this regular bearing down on the pelvic organs can worsen a prolapse. If you strain to go, are not fully emptying your bowel or pass pell
If a patient came to me for treatment having had a knee replacement, one of the first exercises I would start them on would be a static muscle contraction of the thigh, what we call an 'isometric' contraction. In fact, after a new knee, it's taught as soon as day 1 post op, because an isometric contraction is one of the most basic actions a muscle can perform.
Over the next 3 months, their rehab would progress to include actions like squats, step ups, deadlifts, lunges and
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a really common condition; around 1 in 2 women experience it to some degree after childbirth.
For a number of those women, it's completely asymptomatic but for others it will give a feeling of:
- vaginal heaviness,
- a sensation of something bulging down below,
- feel like a tampon is in the wrong position.
This could be an issue on a daily basis or only be present at certain times for example during exercise, towards the end of the day or
Many pregnant women experience the uncomfortable symptoms of 'pelvic girdle pain' (PGP) which was previously referred to as symphysis pubis dysfunction or SPD. It is believed to be as common as 1 in 5 pregnant women experiencing some degree of symptoms, either in the sacroiliac joints at the back of the pelvis, the hip joints or the pubic joint at the front of the pelvis inbetween the legs. The symptoms can vary in severity considerably and are not necessarily progressive in
It’s a commonly held belief that those Mums who delivered by Caesarean Section don’t need to worry about their pelvic floor.....NOT TRUE! If you have a pelvic floor, you need to give it a bit of TLC, even ladies who have not had children can develop pelvic floor dysfunction! While it’s true that a vaginal delivery will increase the risk for pelvic floor trauma, incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, delivering by section doesn’t completely negate that risk. Pregnancy hormone
7 key fundamental steps to healing your tummy separation ➡️ Do no harm Protect tissue healing by making sure that nothing in your day to day life with regards exercises, movement patterns or daily activities increases the load and hence strain on the middle. A bit like don’t pick a scab and expect it to heal! Certain movements or positions can place an increased pressure on the already over-loaded abdominal wall, which won’t be doing you any favours. As a general rule of thum