Why I don’t like ‘Belly button to spine’ as an instruction to engage the core

Is ‘belly button to spine’ really a useful instruction when it comes to engaging the core? Part of restoring function to the pelvic floor is to create a reflexive core – that is abdominal muscles that switch on when they are needed to help with movement or an activity. (lifting, carrying, twisting etc) During exercises … Continue reading Why I don’t like ‘Belly button to spine’ as an instruction to engage the core

Knees and the pelvic floor

How does your knee pain reflect on your pelvic floor health? Aching knees, knee surgery and knee replacement are seen as inevitable signs of ageing and wear and tear. The issue, though, is in how you walk and use your knees. Lots of sitting, heeled shoes, excessive tightness down the backs of your legs and … Continue reading Knees and the pelvic floor

Can you release your pelvic floor?

Can you relax your pelvic floor? Not the first thought that comes to mind when you are working on strengthening your pelvic floor, right? It seems pretty counterintuitive to relax something that doesn’t seem to be strong enough to prevent wee leakage or to hold your organs in. The best pelvic floor exercise needs to … Continue reading Can you release your pelvic floor?

4 points to healing pelvic floor dysfunction

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 … Continue reading 4 points to healing pelvic floor dysfunction