If you’re a woman, you will have heard the words ‘pelvic floor’ uttered to you at least once, if not multiple times. Every time you attend a healthcare appointment, you hear the question ‘Are you doing your pelvic floor exercises?’.
So what’s the big deal? Why is everyone so obsessed with the pelvic floor?
Todays blog is talking about the importance of doing your pelvic floor exercises CORRECTLY. Because, just like anything, there is no point in doing it wrong. It’s just not going to have the same effect.
Just like any sort of exercise program, our main excuse for not doing them is that we don’t have time. Well, let’s be honest with ourselves, we DO have time, because pelvic floor exercises can be done anywhere. Sitting at your desk, standing on the tube, waiting for the bus, brushing your teeth at the bathroom mirror - you can be doing your pelvic floor exercises at the same time and no one would even know.
PLUS, pelvic floor exercises are all about QUALITY not QUANTITY. What that means is that it’s much better to do five exercises correctly in 30 seconds, rather than try to do 50 exercises in 5 minutes, but be doing it incorrectly. I think we can all safely say we could spare 30 seconds in the morning and the evening each day, don’t you?
Being able to relax and turn off your pelvic floor muscles is just as important as being able to turn them on. Women who don’t know how to RELAX their pelvic floor muscles are often the ones that end up having trouble in this area.
A strong pelvic floor is important to prevent incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and chronic pain. If you have issues with your pelvic floor, it's very important to seek professional advice on an appropriate exercise regime that doesn't place too much strain on this weakened area.
So, how do you know if you’re doing your exercises correctly? That’s where a Physiotherapist can help, both NOW and in the FUTURE!
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