Prep your pelvic floor muscles

Prep your pelvic floor muscles

Forget the post-baby body, physiotherapist Susan Cottrell of The Body Refinery explains why there are more important muscles to focus on.

By Hannah Doody | 8th May 2015

Did you know one in three Australian women experience some form of incontinence following pregnancy and childbirth, due to a weakened pelvic floor? If you ask these women what they do about it, most of them will answer that they usually wear a pad and pretend it isn’t happening. However, many of these problems can be cured or greatly reduced, simply and quickly, with pelvic floor exercise.

Pelvic floor muscles are a muscle within your pelvis which supports the internal organs and assists in controlling the flow of urine.  These muscles become weak if they have too much pressure placed on them for example, during pregnancy, being overweight or from high impact sport, but they also become weaker with age especially around the time of menopause. It’s important to maintain good pelvic floor awareness if you fall into any of these categories. Otherwise, it can result in frequent visits to the bathroom and decreased ability to get to the toilet in time, which is no fun! But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Ideally, women should commence pelvic floor exercises early in their pregnancies. After childbirth, pelvic floor strengthening should continue and the muscles should be assessed to ensure they are functioning well.

It is invaluable to have your pelvic floor properly assessed and have specific exercises prescribed for your condition by a women’s health physiotherapist. As with all muscles, not all pelvic floors are the same. To find out how to strengthen your pelvic floor, book a consultation today.

The Body Refinery
85 Commercial Road, Newstead
P 3358 3915
www.thebodyrefinery.com.au

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Article by Hannah Doody

Hannah is a former journalist at Style Magazines. When she is not exploring new parts of the world, you will find her at music festivals, or on her eternal quest for the best breakfast in Brisbane.

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