A new year means new resolutions! If fitness, being pain free, or welcoming a new bundle of joy are in your 2018 plans then you NEED to make your pelvic health part of your New Year’s resolution!
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For all of you expecting or *NEW* moms….CONGRATULATIONS!
Pregnancy, labor, and delivery are all part of a beautiful and natural process that is a unique experience. Did you know that in certain parts of the world it is common practice for postpartum woman to get pelvic floor physical therapy to help them recover from the birthing experience? It is common for pregnant and postpartum woman to have musculoskeletal issues, aches and pains. Many women also experience urinary incontinence, Diastasis rectus abdominus (a separation of the rectus abdominus muscle), pelvic region pain, and/or pubic symphysis pain. Because of these symptoms….
Pelvic therapy should be an integral part of preparation and recovery for the birthing experience!
HOW IT HELPS:
- Learn joint protection, body mechanics, and proper core engagement to support you during functional tasks.
- Postural training to address your shifting center of mass as your belly grows.
- Address any pain or discomfort (pubic symphysis, pelvic region, low back, upper back/bra line, rib, coccyx, neck and shoulder are common).
- Addressing any bowel and bladder issues such as urinary urge and frequency and/or constipation.
- An individualized pregnancy exercise program, which has been shown to shorten and ease labor, reduce risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, control weight gain, improve cardiovascular function, and improve mental state.
- Receive an individualized program that addresses your specific post-partum healing of muscles, joints, nerves, and connective tissue.
- Education on optimal body mechanics for changing diapers and feeding baby to deflect possible injury or dysfunction.
- Woman should seek a skilled therapist to help them resume their exercise program. Ensuring that their deep core muscles are engaging properly and in the correct sequence.
DID YOU HAVE A C-SECTION? All c-section and perineal scars should be released to ensure proper healing. Scar release therapy promotes a balanced nervous system, release of fascial restrictions and internal adhesions, and improves circulation. Resolving these restrictions can improve range of motion, circulation, decrease pain, and improve overall function.
ARE FITNESS PLANS IN YOUR 2018 RESOLUTIONS?
Who doesn’t want to be healthier and feel better this year? Did you know that initiating an exercise regiment without addressing your deep core muscles first could cause incontinence, a diastasis rectus abdominus (a separation of the rectus abdominus/6 pack muscle), pelvic organ prolapse, and/or pelvic pain?
With the increasing popularity of crossfit type exercise programs, there has been a rise in women leaking during intense exercise programs. But let’s be clear…leaking during intense exercise is not normal! If you are leaking urine during an exercise, it is most likely due to a dysfunctional neuromuscular recruitment pattern; it’s NOT an indicator of an strenuous workout. A tight muscle cannot contract throughout the entire length of the muscle, leading to weaker contractions. Did you know that in many cases Kegel exercises could actually make your symptoms worse?
Pelvic therapy can help here by:
1.Assessing the strength and tone of your deep core muscles.
2.Addressing any pain with exercise.
3.Retraining the body to recruit muscles in the proper sequence. 4.Educate the body in managing the pressure system in your core to not only stop leaking, pain ,and/or proplapse but improve your athletic performance!
I can help you get Pelvic Healthy for 2018!
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Susan Winograd, PT