Firstly, “Pelvic Floor Problems” can cover a WIDE range of things, like urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse, and fecal incontinence.
Pelvic floor exercises are not always the answer. And almost always not the whole answer.
Here are 5 different factors that can be GAME CHANGERS for pelvic floor problems:
- Physical activity – Being physically active can help improve functional activation of the pelvic floor, help us maintain a healthy weight, and keep our bowels regular, which are all things the pelvic floor loves 💙
- Keeping fluids up – Often people who experience pelvic floor problems like incontinence try to limit their fluid intake, but drinking enough water each day helps to improve our stool consistency and reduce our risk of constipation (which the pelvic floor also loves 💙)
- Getting enough fibre – Nutritional factors like having adequate fibre in your diet can also help keep your bowels regular and healthy, reducing the strain on the pelvic floor.
- Toileting technique – How we sit on the toilet and empty our bowels is important! When we use good positioning and emptying technique, our pelvic floor is under less pressure.
- Seeking support – One or all of these factors might be relevant to you and your specific symptoms. Luckily, you don’t have to guess! If you need help getting to the bottom (mind the pun) of your pelvic floor problems, get help!
Book a pelvic health consultation at GLOW if you are local to the Gold Coast or with your own pelvic health physio 💙
Don’t put it off any longer; life’s too short not to feel your best 💃 🤸♀️ 💪