What can you expect at your first pelvic floor visit? What is an internal exam? What is pelvic floor therapy? The Bloom team answers your burning questions!
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.
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.