Pelvic Floor Safe Pilates and Exercising
Brisbane pelvic health physiotherapist and author of ‘Inside Out’, Michelle Kenway created the phrase ‘Pelvic Floor Safe Exercising’ and she is a passionate advocate of the principle: www.pelvicexercises.com.au.
The term means exercising in such a way that you protect the pelvic floor and internal pelvic organs from excessive downward load and pressure which may impact on organ prolapse and incontinence problems. More specifically, it involves performing safe abdominal exercises and modifying other lifting and high impact exercises to decrease intra abdominal pressure.
Often it is poor technique that contributes to problems. Some exercises that may contribute and need analysis of technique are:
- Repetitive sit ups
- Double leg lifting
- Lifting excessive weights
If a person has an existing pelvic floor problem these intense, loaded exercises may worsen the condition. Pelvic floor safe exercising is especially important after childbirth, menopause or any gynaecological or other pelvic surgery.
If you go to the gym, run, lift weights, do Pilates or Yoga, advice and specific instruction is available to keep your pelvic floor safe. Modification may be needed whilst you improve your pelvic floor, deep abdominals and lower limb strength.