Being active has been shown to have many health benefits, both physically and mentally. Camille walks you through the positive impacts of exercise and finding the best exercise for you.
One of the most common myths I hear as a Women’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist is that women who have experienced a cesarean birth do not need pelvic floor physiotherapy as their pelvic floor “was not affected”. On the contrary, I HIGHLY recommend seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist minimum 6 weeks postpartum regardless of whether you’ve experienced a vaginal or cesarean birth.
How many of you think you don’t have time to exercise? This is something we hear time and time again from our clients, especially new mama’s. Exercise does not have to be hours long to be effective, nor do you need fancy equipment. What is most important is consistency, which builds up over time. Stability is important during movement.
You have probably heard of the “fight or flight” response, this is our body’s defence mechanism
against threats and stress, called the sympathetic nervous system. This response is necessary
when we are in threatening situation and is what is responsible for the stories you hear about a
mother who lifts a car of her child or the man who fights off a grizzly bear in the woods, it’s also
what is responsible for the butterflies in your stomach before a big presentation.
Consciously connecting to pelvic floor just before and holding it during a cough or sneeze (aka “the knack”) can be a very helpful and functional way to limit urine leakage. However, we also need to think about and manage pressures above – especially if “kegeling” is not working for you. Check out this video to assist your pelvic floor even more with this simple breath awareness technique.
As such, all of us, and especially athletes, need a healthy, adaptable and resilient pelvic floor to enhance the capacity of the “deep” or “anticipatory” core muscles (also including the respiratory diaphragm, transverse abdominis, and multifidus) to allow for speed, agility, coordination, and overall performance. Especially due to its close proximity to the deep hip musculature that is used for a lot of sports.