1 in 3 women have pelvic floor dysfunction. That’s a big number. How does it make you feel?
Symptoms can present from pelvic pain to sneeze pee, incontinence or constipation.
There is a wide belief that it’s pregnancy and age that cause pelvic floor dysfunction but women who have not had a baby, younger women and men can also suffer with these symptoms and it can have such an impact on their lives.
Just because there are huge occurrences of pelvic floor dysfunction it doesn’t mean that it’s a biologically normal state and it doesn’t mean that something can’t be done about it.
It’s important to know that you are not alone and to find the right support and community so you can restore strength and function to your pelvic floor.
Kegels aren’t always the answer
The ‘go to’ treatments that everyone thinks about are kegels (or squeeze and release exercises), pessaries and surgery. I am not saying that these aren’t useful in the right circumstances, however, what is missing is the understanding that pelvic floor dysfunction is a whole body problem and therefore needs a whole body solution.
The muscles of the pelvic floor attach to the pelvis and muscles attach from the pelvis to other parts of the body above and below the pelvis. In order for successful treatment this needs to be taken into consideration.
If you have been doing kegels with no let up in symptoms or have been given some exercises but still not having any relief it is time to look at the four points that make up a good pelvic floor rehabilitation programme.
The 4 points to a good pelvic floor restore programme
They are postural adjustment, lifestyle and habit modification, corrective exercises and mindset.
Your alignment and the way you move and use your body all needs to be considered during rehabilitation. It is no good doing the exercises if you then go and overload your pelvic floor during your day, you just won’t get the results.
What you wear has huge impacts on your pelvic floor health, shoes can completely alter your body posture and if you need to work on body alignment and no one has told you to change what type of shoes you wear they are missing a huge piece of the puzzle. Same with clothes if your clothes are restricting your movement or preventing you from aligning your pelvis no amount of exercises are going to make the changes you need.
The same goes with corrective exercises and any exercise that you are currently doing – your form during each exercise is important – you can so easily be putting extra load and pressure on your pelvic floor if you do an exercise without taking these muscles into consideration.
It can be easy to get lost in the negative thoughts of such difficult symptoms – feeling embarrassed and uncomfortable which limits what you can do. The discouragement of things not working and wondering what to do and thinking your only hope is surgery. Maybe thinking that this is an inevitable part of life and you just have to grit your teeth and get on with it coping as best you can. Changing your mindset can be huge. SO many extra feelings come in – guilt, blame, sadness, denial. In your journey to a stronger and functional pelvic floor you need space to process and acknowledge these emotions and have the space and support to work through them.
You are not broken
Time and commitment are all key to healing – there is no quick fix. But, you deserve to feel better, and to know that you aren’t broken and there is a way for you to restore strength to your pelvic floor.
If you are interested in coming along to work with me to reduce your symptoms I am running a 12 week programme to restore your pelvic floor. If you would like to be notified when booking is open you can sign up to my newsletter and receive a free pdf with 5 steps to kickstart healing your pelvic floor. If you aren’t able to come along I have available a taster course which includes videos of different exercises and a 10 minute flow as well as the pdf for just £12.