How Do I Know My Pelvic Floor Isn’t Working Well?
Many of the signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction are considered “normal” after pregnancy and as we age.
You’ll read this a lot in my posts, but Just Because Something Is Common Doesn’t Mean It Is Normal!
It certainly doesn’t mean things can’t be fixed.
Below I talk about some of the signs your Pelvic Floor might not be too happy and why.
Have You Ever Experienced A Little Bit Of Leaking When You Laughed, Coughed, Or Tried To Go Back Running After Having Your Baby?
This is common in a lot of women after childbirth, due to Hormonal and Muscle changes during Pregnancy.
The abdominal muscles which work in sync with our Pelvic Floor Muscles undergo quite a bit of change during Pregnancy and as the Baby Grows, particularly our Transversus Abdominus and Internal Oblique muscle.
These muscles actually lose some of their ability to produce force after pregnancy and leads to increased pressure on our Pelvic Floor. This can result in pain, leaking and dysfunction.
This is why at ProSport we never look at anything in isolation.
We integrate re-training of the entire system into our Pelvic Floor rehab.
Do You Sometimes Get A Sensation That Everything Inside Is Bearing Down And Putting Pressure On Your Pelvis?
Pelvic Floor Weakness and/or a disruption to the support system can put a lot of strain on the pelvic floor.
The “support sling” can become overwhelmed.
This can result in prolapse ; a sensation of heaviness or pressure deep in the pelvis and is something many women experience.
The good news is that the Pelvic Floor Muscles like any other muscle in the body can be strengthened using the correct approach.
Do you suffer from pain in your pelvis either at the front or the back?
Is it uncomfortable to turn over in bed towards the end of or after your pregnancy?
Pelvic Pain is common in many women during Pregnancy.
I have seen many women who have the dream first pregnancy and ended up experiencing pelvic pain in subsequent pregnancies. Not at all uncommon.
Everyday tasks such as going up and down stairs or getting out of the car can cause discomfort. Simple things like lifting groceries can result in episodes of leaking.
This is often due to hormonal changes but from my experience, helping these women strengthen the stabilizing muscles around the hips can greatly alleviate and manage symptoms.
A programme focused on gentle core strengthening and learning to relax and engage the Pelvic Floor Muscles properly during these tasks, can change all these symptoms dramatically.
Do you experience lower back hip or groin pain?
Research shows women who Experienced Lower Back Pain also displayed Decreased Pelvic Floor Function (Arab. et al. 2010).
As I discussed in my previous post our breathing muscle, the diaphragm works closely with our core and our Pelvic Floor Muscles. Together they provide stability to our Lumbo-Pelvic Region.
This system helps our body absorb and transfer force during functional tasks.
Another crucial part of this system are the Ligaments surrounding our pelvis and the Deep Stabilizing Muscles in our hips.
If something in this system has lost its ability to load – our body sends the demands elsewhere and we lose our natural rhythm.
Re-training everything from our breathing to our muscular system and integrating it into more demanding tasks is key to Optimizing Pelvic Floor Muscle Function.
Do you experience discomfort during intercourse or when using tampons?
This is probably the one thing that Most Women Don’t Talk About, even to their partners or their closest friends.
It is a very common sign of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and is often associated with tightness and over-activity or spasm in the Pelvic Floor muscles.
This is not something you should have to put up with and can be rectified.
Our Step by Step System integrates the correct breathing pattern with Relaxation and Strengthening Exercises.
For more information on how our Step-by-Step rehabilitation plan can Get Your Confidence Back in your Pelvic Floor.
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