I’ve worked with a number of women with pelvic floor dysfunction: young, old, pregnant, never been pregnant, and postnatal.
And, for all sorts of symptoms:, sneeze wee, urge incontinence and prolapse.
Often, by the time clients have come to see me, they’ve suffered with the pain, discomfort and the unexpected embarrassment of the condition for a long time.
My approach to pelvic floor rehab is different to the norm, but that’s actually why I like it.
If you’ve only ever been prescribed “squeeze and release” traditional exercises to your pelvic floor…
….and, some weeks you do your exercises diligently…
…other weeks you forget…
How long have you had your problem “down below”?
Three months? Three years? Thirteen years?
Have you been doing your exercises all that time?
Noticing a bit of an improvement, but not much of one?
Well, maybe now is a good time to take a different tack, because potentially what you’ve been doing up to now isn’t having the same impact it once had.
Will your pelvic floor problem go away all on its own?
Well, that depends.
Do the adverts on telly that almost normalise sneeze wee as “oops moments” annoy the heck out of me?
Laughing and leaking isn’t supposed to happen, ok?
I’m on a quest to reach out to more women with problems “down there”, and when I mentioned “13 years of suffering” above, I was actually underestimating that…
…because several clients come to me with children as old as 21, so you can’t tell me traditional pelvic floor exercises have done a great deal to assist some women, huh?
They say “time heals”, and in some cases it does, but I think “the time is now” when it comes to pelvic floor weakness.
If you’re not able to do the same types of exercises you once were able to like running and many of the movements in a circuit classes for example – help is needed.
Does the thought of jumping on a trampoline at a children’s party fill you with dread – your pelvic floor is now affecting your life, isn’t it?
So you’re wondering why your pelvic floor symptoms won’t go away then it’s time to learn more about your body and why you feel discomfort more so on some days than others throughout your week
Are you open to the idea that there may be movements you’re doing incorrectly in your day-to-day life like lifting and carrying, that are applying incorrect loads down on your pelvic floor, and that’s why sometimes you leak and other times you don’t?
Small changes to your lifestyle. Education about how to move better. Light bulb moments.
This is what “Pelvic Floor Restore” is all about!
It’s a very different approach, with a long-term result.
Not ready to do the course just yet? Check out this video of 6 things you can do now to start strengthening your pelvic floor. And these two blog posts – Babywearing and your pelvic floor and 5 Tips for creating a stronger pelvic floor.
Rosie Dhoopun is a Movement teacher specialising in pregnancy and postnatal exercise, birth preparation, postpartum recovery and a special interest in pelvic flor and diastasis recti rehabilitation.