I Coughed So Hard I Peed My Pants!
Having a healthy pelvic floor doesn’t just involve looking after your pelvic floor! If the walls or the lid of your cylinder can’t move properly, then this will put more stress on the floor.
When we slump forward, or shift our weight on to one side, or twist – as we do when we’re sitting, standing, moving, or tired, or lying on the sofa watching TV, or moving differently when we’re trying to protect an injury – in fact pretty much all the time! – this changes the shape and flexibility of our cylinder.
However, if one part can’t move, all the others parts try to move more. When all parts of the cylinder are healthy – able to move freely without damage – this won’t be a problem; after all, we’re supposed to be able to move! However, if we spend a lot of time in either one position or being very active due to our job, postural issues, pregnancy, illness, our favourite sport or exercise, or even injury – then we could be at risk of overstressing parts of our cylinder which could lead to these conditions
- stress incontinence
- urge incontinence
- pelvic organ prolapse
- poor posture
- breathing pattern changes
- sexual dysfunction
These can all have a serious impact on our quality of life; why put up with them if you can do something to change?!
When we breathe in, our lungs inflate; the ribcage and diaphragm have to move to let this happen or we wouldn’t be able to take any more than a tiny breath. In order for the diaphragm to move, the pelvic floor has to be able to move.
Try this: slump forward in your chair, round off your shoulders, pull your tummy in HARD and imagine you’re desperate for a pee… now, try to take a deep breath. Feels really difficult, doesn’t it? Now relax your pelvic floor and try again… much easier, isn’t it? Now, don’t ever sit or breathe like that again! 😉
Inhaling increases pressure in the abdomen, so the abdominal muscles, surrounding tissue, and pelvic floor need to be able to have some “give” so our breath and movement isn’t too limited… but not too much; if any one point in our cylinder is weaker or less able to adapt to changes in pressure or movement, then these tissues will be under a lot more stress when we are…
- doing housework
Basically, whenever we’re living our lives! However…
All we need to do is make sure that all the tissues of our body are both flexible and strong enough to withstand the pressures of our daily lives… phew! Sounds like a job for the professionals, right?! Not necessarily!
You can easily learn how to look after yourself from the inside out, improve your body awareness and get more from your daily lives!
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