The pelvic floor muscles can get out of a normal routine when symptoms like leaking, constipation, and pain arise. Using pelvic floor awareness practices, you can begin to turn those symptoms around!
Since the movement of the pelvic floor can be hard to feel or see - compared to flexing your bicep and seeing your arm curl up for example - a mirror stands in as a perfect stimulus to see those muscles.
1 in 10 men will experience pelvic pain at some point, and lots of them will have trouble identifying the root cause.
What does postpartum recovery look like? The many changes that happen over 9+ month of carrying baby lead to 9+ months of healing and rehab. It isn't as simple as "getting back" to everything after 6 weeks.
Pelvic floor physical therapists can address so much when it comes to pregnancy and birth prep. Learning effective positions and pushing, evaluating your posture, establishing an exercise routine, improving muscle strength, and empowering your partner can make a tremendous difference for your pregnancy and childbirth.
Most people hear the words pelvic floor, and automatically think of kegels (or pelvic floor contractions). Yet, there are many cases where quite the opposite is more important.
Pelvic organ prolapse does not limit the activities and life you are able to have; it takes finding the right ways to do those things you want.
Next time you are backed up, skip straining like crazy on the toilet and try I Love U (or abdominal) massage instead!
Other birth professionals can address a range of concerns at any stage of prenatal or postpartum care. Learn who to involve in your birth team.
Our physical therapist Courtney had the pleasure of speaking with Arin from The Onas Collaborative about pelvic floor physical therapy and maternal care.