We have all heard the term ‘core’ muscles and many training methods today involve working on core strength and stability. The pelvic floor muscles are integral to a strong core but are often forgotten and not talked about! These muscles form the base of the core and work in conjunction with the deep back and abdominal muscles to stabilize and support the spine. They also play a vital role in bowel and bladder control.
Below are a few of the common signs that may indicate a weakness in your pelvic floor. Do you:
- Accidentally leak urine when exercising, sneezing, coughing or laughing?
- Always need to go to the toilet?
- Experience pain in your pelvic area?
- Find it difficult to empty your bowel or bladder?
Inappropriate exercises can place additional stress on the pelvic floor if you are at risk of pelvic floor issues (elite athletes, pregnant, post natal or menopausal women, women and men who have undergone gynecological or prostate surgery etc).
If you are at risk or already have an issue, avoid; jumping, running, boxing, star jumps, skipping and high impact classes. You may also need to steer clear of abdominal crunches, full push ups, heavy weights, jump squats, deep lunges and side lunges.
For a specific Pelvic Floor program and a comprehensive list of safe exercises, email us or visit our on-line store.