I hate how they call our Pelvic floor a floor. It’s not a floor – its not hard, its not even and it has holes in it!
The Pelvic floor is a soft supple hammock that should be evenly held in place by the attachments of the pelvic bones.
Some points to note:-
Incontinence and/or pelvic pain does NOT necessarily mean that you have a weak pelvic floor and you need to strengthen it.
Incontinence and/or pelvic pain can also be a result of your pelvic floor muscles being too tight, or overactive.
We often hear that the Pelvic Floor is weak therefore the assumption is made that it is only strengthening that is required – Kegels will actually make the problem worse, not better!
We need to look at the approach as a whole – creating balance in the Pelvis to make sure the hammock of the Pelvic floor is even with a distributed tension that works in harmony. This includes making sure all the muscles that run into the Fasica of the Pelvis are activated or lengthen to ensure that the domes of the body – the arch of the foot, the pelvic floor, the diaphragm are activated and synchronised. Learning to lift as opposed to squeeze.
You guessed it Pilates does exactly this.
We work the from the foot up and make sure that your breath deepens the lift of your Pelvic floor. The Pilates method ensures that you have a balanced body and a stable pelvis so that the Pelvic floor is held in an optimum place. Simple Pilates exercises will allow you to feel the differences that may be causing you to suffer unnecessarily. Pilates restores the balance.
So you if you have Pelvic pain, incontinence – even if its a leak when you sneeze or cough, come to One Pilates where we can teach you on to balance your pelvis and learn to lift your Pelvic floor.