Female Pelvic Health
Female pelvic health can encompass many conditions. Over the next 8 weeks the topics I will cover are biomechanical conditions in relation to female pelvic health. Such as the muscles and the potential for dysfunctional in muscles to cause stress or strain in other parts of the body. Also, how exercise will benefit these muscles when done regularly.
Conditions in female pelvic health such as:
- Urinary stress and urge incontinence
- Hysterectomy and its effect on the structure of the pelvic organs
- Pelvic organ prolapse, such as following hysterectomy
- Pelvic Floor and the effect of hormone changes on its function
- Lumbo-pelvic health, such as that causing low back pain
- Muscles of the pelvic wall such as piriformis, gemellis, obturator
- Roll of diaphragm and breathing on pelvic floor and core muscles
- Different disciplines of exercise and how they help pelvic health
Hormone changes have huge effect on female pelvic health and the ability for muscles to function correctly. Muscles of the pelvic floor, deep belly muscle, spinal stabilisers and diaphragm are all affected by the hormones changing at the time of menopause.
The way we move, sit or stand will cause imbalance in muscle functioning within the body. Sitting for prolonged periods will ‘switch off’ the glutes at the back of the hips and tighten the muscles at the front.
Our gait, will also massively impact the forces going through the body. Once and injury has occurred we alter the gait and it causes referred pain elsewhere in the body.
Posture is an essential element to exercise. Exercising with no awareness of your posture will incur injury in itself. Knowing how to hold your posture in an exercise class will allow you to exercise into and strength into, good posture. This prevents biomechanical issues or muscle imbalances further down the line.
As I know, to my cost, I exercised for 10 years in a forward tilted pelvis position. Once the hormone changes occurred at menopause, low back pain was a major issue for me. Since then I have rehabilitated with exercising and strengthening into good posture, or as close to good posture as I can achieve. It has now eliminated the pain I once had.
Knowing what to change in your posture gives you a whole new way of thinking about exercise.