In our busy society so many people have stress and don’t even realize it. The pelvic floor operates just like any other muscle in the body and can hold stress and tension (much like when your shoulders and neck feel tense after staring at a computer screen).
6-8 weeks is considered the early postpartum period. Remember though, it took 9 months for your body to change and can take at least that long to recover.
I consider the postpartum period to be one year. Be kind to yourself while your body heals.
There are a lot of myths out there when it comes to pelvic health, instead of turning to Dr. Google, why not turn to your local womens’ health physiotherapist.
Not all pelvic floor dysfunction is related to weaknesses, kegels will not cure all pelvic health concerns.
One of the most common questions I have been hearing lately is about the use of menstrual cups. A menstrual cup is a reusable silicone or rubber cup that creates a seal around the cervix to collect blood from your cycle instead of using pads or tampons.
I believe a big deterring factor from women seeking treatment from a pelvic floor physiotherapist is fear of the internal exam.
Nobody enjoys going for regular Pap test and though it is a necessary piece to overall health it is my least favourite part of the physical.
An athlete, by definition, is a person who competes in sports or games that require physical strength. By this definition, I believe every mother has an inner athlete in them.
From a young age, I was an athlete at heart, and luckily had a mother who supported my ambition to try nearly every sport possible.
The number one question I get asked is “How do I know if I should see a pelvic floor physiotherapist”.
The short answer is that all pelvic floor dysfunction should be evaluated and if you are not sure, having an evaluation and the education that accompanies can be invaluable.
Lisa Flanders’ story about Penguin Walking, otherwise known as urgency or urge incontinence. Both men and women can be affected.We talk about leakage, urgent bladder and the affected age range.
There is an assumption that as adults we should be toilet trained and be able to control our bladders.
Let’s talk all about personal lubricant. Including, water-based, plant oil-based and silicone-based options for intimate personal care.
I had a chance to sit down and chat with the wonderful Dr. Erin Kasparek, Naturopathic Doctor here in Ottawa and get the scoop on our poop.
What if I told you that your vulva and vagina are self-cleaning and that you don’t have to wash with soap? Watch my video about vulva care & hygiene.
Not everyone needs to strengthen their pelvic floor (see episode two. This action is likely not specific to your dysfunction.
Kegels are not always the answer.
Squats are not always the answer.
What is necessary is finding balance between pelvic floor muscle strength and gluteal muscle strength and using each together in a functional manner.
I’ve started a series on Youtube called “It’s Not TMI” where each week, I will be addressing the questions that you might be too embarrassed to ask.
In Episode 1, we address the difference between the vulva and the vagina.
I love to sing! Only when no one can hear me, often involving a solo party with my iPod or belting out tunes to a song on the car radio (yes I am that person at the red-light). When asked what type of music I like, my answer is whatever I can sing along to
I have been encountering some great questions about the postnatal pelvic floor.
Find answers to common questions and learn more about pelvic floor physiotherapy.