“It’s on my radar” or “Oh yes I must do something about it” – I’ve heard these two statements a lot over the last few days as I’ve talked to around 100 women at various events. My question is why is it on our radar and not in the diary?
I want to go through a list of very common symptoms which a huge amount can be done about through exercise, changing your lifestyle and eating behaviour.
We don’t have to put up with any of these symptoms – even though I know you all can!
So first off…
Urinary Stress Incontinence – Otherwise known as – sneezy pees or leaky laughs. 1 in 3 women suffer with this. That is huge! Take a look around you and work it out! A strong pelvic floor will significantly improve your ability to hold the weight of your bladder. It’s not OK to wee yourself on the dancefloor or leak when you run – things can be done!
Constipation – This is very common, with reported rates varying hugely from 2-30% of the UK population. However it is agreed that women are more likely to suffer for a range of reasons including – hormonal changes around birth, only going to the toilet at home, being stressed/ anxious / depressed, not drinking enough water, bad toilet habits, menstruation, medication. Being constipated is not good for your pelvic floor as it’s not good to exert pressure on it as you push. Things can be done!
Urinating more than 8 times a day – This suggests that your pelvic floor is not strong enough to hold a full bladder and so is weak. It can be strengthened and there are plenty of bladder training exercises that you can do to train yourself to extend the amount of time between visits to the loo. Well worth doing.
Lower Back Pain – Your pelvic floor, abs, lower back and breath are all connected – or should be! By leading with the breath, bringing in pelvic floor followed by the rest of your core a support is provided for movement and function. This sequencing is key for lower back pain – and can often be a relatively simple and cost effective fix.
Pelvic Pain – Pain is never good, never ever. And just because you can push through the pain does not mean you should. There is a lot going on in our pelvis whether we’ve had children or not and so pain is a message which should not be ignored. There are wonderful professionals who can advise on this and the best place to start is with a women’s health physio.
None of the above should be put up with – there is plenty of work to do to let women know that although this is normal it’s not OK, so please do share this with any woman you know who should also know this stuff.
I’d like to end with a quote from one of my clients after completing the six week Every Woman Course
“Following the intense 6 week programme under the guidance of passionate leader, Baz, I have been able to significantly reduce lumbar lordosis and minimise diastasis recti. I have learnt that there are simple, time effective solutions to regaining pelvic floor strength once again”
If you want to find out more about your pelvic floor then please do come to one of my Pelvic Floor Workshops – the next one is October 23rd 11-12.30 in Wandsworth.