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- NEW!!!!!Simply Change Your Posture to Stop Leaks
- Did you know Kettle bell's are not good for prolapse?
- The Hidden Waist Trainer Risks to Your Core & Pelvic Floor*
- Pfilates and Hypopressives Technique
- Compression Shorts
- Putting Organs Back in Place
- Gynecologist talks-Liberated from Incontinence
- 10 Yoga Poses to Avoid
There is a silent epidemic. All women need to know about this. Many women suffer needlessly from Pelvic Organ Prolapse due to the fact that they are simply too embarrassed to discuss their symptoms with doctors and other health care providers.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse facts:
Millions of women worldwide suffer with POP. 300,000 surgeries are performed annually in the US alone, yet most women have never heard of it until they are diagnosed.
* Half of all women over 50 have at least 1 of the 5 types of POP but the condition can affect any woman of childbearing age.
* Vaginal childbirth is the leading cause, followed by menopause and numerous other causes.
*It can be caused by a low fiber diet, constipation and you've been straining for years. Never Strain!
* Though the condition has been around for thousands of years, women often suffer in silence with embarrassing symptoms as they are not aware the condition exists.
* It impacts women physically, emotionally, sexually, socially, and financially.
Mum SOS: your vagina after childbirth – how your vagina changes
If you've never had children, there is a way to prevent this! Start doing the exercises! Keep scrolling for more information!
Our lifestyle -- the high heeled shoes, all effect our bodies. Our posture, slouching, tucking under our buns cause our uterus, bladder and bowel to fall back and down into the vagina. Even those women who are avid runners have a higher propensity toward uterine prolapse. (Bet you didn't know that! I sure didn't) Pelvic organ prolapse is not a gynecologic problem at all. It is a postural problem and can be stabilized and often dramatically improved through lifestyle changes.
Symptoms of a prolapse, be it, colon, uterus or bladder include the feeling of a small ball being in the vaginal area and the protrusion of the uterus, bladder or colon through the vagina, painful intercourse, frequent urination, low backache, vaginal bleeding or an increase in the amount of vaginal discharge. See a doctor promptly if you experience any of these symptoms.
Symptoms of a Prolapsed Bladder
The first symptom that women with a prolapsed bladder usually notice is the presence of tissue in the vagina that many women describe as something that feels like a ball.
Other symptoms of a prolapsed bladder include the following:
- Discomfort or pain in the pelvis
- Tissue protruding from the vagina (The tissue may be tender and may bleed.)
- Difficulty urinating
- A feeling that the bladder is not empty immediately after urinating (incomplete voiding)
- Stress incontinence (urine leakage during sneezing, coughing, or exertion)
- More frequent bladder infections
- Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Low back pain
- Some women may not experience or notice symptoms of a mild (grade 1) prolapsed bladder.
Avoid heavy lifting and straining. With doing proper exercises you may be able to return to your previous activities.More info at Michele Kenway's site: https://www.pelvicexercises.com.au/prolapsed-bladder/
Here is Michelle Kenway's video:
"How to Empty Bladder Contents to Overcome Bladder Emptying Problems"
I found a gynecologist's website,Christiane Northrup, M.D http://www.drnorthrup.com/liberated-from-incontinence/ In order to prevent leakage and urinary problems, you have to develop strong buttocks muscles and get in touch with your pelvic floor. I recommend peeing in the shower.”
"About one in four women suffers from urinary incontinence, the involuntary loss of urine when sneezing, coughing, or laughing. And even more have what’s called “urgency incontinence” when the urge to urinate is so strong that you fear you won’t get to the bathroom in time. Urinary problems in women are epidemic. In fact, the number one reason why older women have to go to nursing homes is…drum roll…urinary incontinence! "
When a woman goes to her physician , usually she is told one of two things: take a drug or do Kegel exercises. The drugs stop “urge incontinence” by blocking some of the nerve endings on the bladder’s main emptying muscle (the detrusor). When the muscle is less irritated, it’s less likely to contract involuntarily—and cause you to lose urine at an inconvenient time. These drugs have bothersome side effects, though, like dry mouth. And besides, like so much of modern medicine, they don’t really cure anything. They just mask the symptoms.
The Kegels strengthen the PC (pubococcygeous) muscle, which closes the sphincters of the pelvic floor and stops the flow of urine. Kegels are a step in the right direction. But they don’t address the function of the entire pelvic floor—they strengthen only one muscle. A strong, rigid muscle isn’t necessarily a functional, strong, flexible muscle.
That’s where the squats in the shower come in. When you squat to urinate as opposed to sitting up straight on the toilet, you automatically engage your butt muscles. And your pelvic floor naturally stretches and tones. Moreover, because your urethra is now pointed straight down all you have to do is relax for urine to flow out easily—as opposed to sitting up straight and having to strain to empty your bladder. The same thing is true with moving your bowels.
Before going on, I want to bust a popular myth that childbirth results in urinary incontinence. This is not true. Many teenage girls have incontinence. And so do nuns who have never had children. Yes, childbirth—especially when conducted without knowing how to push correctly—may weaken the pelvic floor for a time. But that is reversible.
So what does the doctor recommend if you have urinary incontinence or are worried about it?
See a women’s health physical therapist who specializes in the pelvic floor. This relatively new specialty uses Pilates and other exercises to assist you in reclaiming a healthy and functional pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is all the muscles and tissue between your pubic bone and tailbone, and it holds in your bowels, bladder, and genital organs. When this part of your body isn’t strong or toned, your organs tend to fall out! That’s known as a prolapse. Prolapses can often be treated well with physical therapy alone. You don’t always need surgery.
How to EMPTY YOUR BLADDER
When you sit on the toilet, put your elbows on your knees so that you are in a squatting position. Notice how much easier it is to empty your bladder or bowels. Better yet, get a stool and put it under your feet so that your body is comfortably seated in a squatting position. (Check out the squatty potty video to see what the proper position is. The Squatty Potty is the BEST and they're very reasonable.
Read The Bathroom Key: Put an End to Incontinence by Kathryn Kassai and Kim Perelli (Amazon)or go to www.thebathroomkey.com for more resources and to locate a physical therapist in your area.
NEW! Stop Leaks Simply by Changing Your Posture!
I found this video on YouTube and I'm really amazed how much better
I feel with just changing posture!
I recently went to a chiropractor and she told me that chiropractic can help! It's soft tissue technique and you need to find someone who knows how to do it. I laid on my back and she told me to bring both legs up and she was pressing on what seemed my pubic bone and area. Then she told me to lower my legs, bend my knees a little than bring them back up. She did this several times.
She also said homeopathy can help. The example she said was a woman whose bladder was out of her body and within 4 months the prolapse was corrected. I'll find out more information and post it!
Vitamin D: Vitamin D plays an important role in promoting bone health by helping the body absorb calcium and phosphorus more efficiently. A study published in the April 2010 edition of the “Obstetrics and Gynecology” states that one in four women in the United States have some form of pelvic floor disorder, and higher levels of vitamin D may reduce the risk of conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C plays a crucial role in the synthesis of collagen which is an essential component of the ligaments that hold the pelvic floor and pelvic organs.
Calcium: Calcium helps strengthen teeth and bone, including pelvic bones.
http://herbalishous.com/blog/?p=471 with references.
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With RECTOCELE or prolapsed colon you lose the feeling and ability to push for a bowel movement. You learn to "go" a different way. It's pushing with the stomach or blowing air out of your mouth. I have found high fiber supplement HELPS! I take a supplement with 12 grams per serving. Metamucil doesn't even touch that.
The fiber helps to push things along. I use a great 12 gram fiber supplement. If you just take a stool softener it doesn't move things along. You must have the fiber in your diet. Be sure to drink a lot of water. Adding MAGNESIUM also helps! Suppositories help to get the "urge" back. Try Senna tablets, 1 or 2, or "Smooth Move Tea". Definitely a healthy diet of lots of fruits and vegetables to get the additional fiber. You definitely have to change things up with this but once you get a routine you'll be fine. If you don't do these things, you will be digging things out which is a no no! All prolapses require NOT STRAINING, especially so if you have Rectocele. It's about protecting the prolapse and trying to prevent its worsening by not allowing its distension or forcing its worsening.
I found Michelle Kenway's Pelvic Exercises You Tube Channel. There are so many free instructional videos and a link to her website. She is a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.
I recently ordered her DVD InsideOut Strength Pelvic floor safe strength exercises for Women from her website and will let you all know about it when I receive it. It was not too expensive considering it's shipped from Australia to the US. $30. You can check out her store at her website. UPDATE: I got her video. It's basically what the title says. A safe work out for your entire body. There's no pelvic floor exercises but an overall workout which I found very good so we know how to position ourselves and do exercises properly without aggravating the prolapse.
Colonoscopy and Rectocele
I recently had a colonoscopy and there was no effect on the rectocele.
Women going through menopause or after menopause can develop symptoms!
Incidence is directly related to age, and since women are living longer, increasing numbers of women are destined to suffer from uterine prolapse. It's not unusual for women with only a slight prolapse to be unaware of the problem until they go through menopause. Vaginal and pelvic tissues depend on estrogen to maintain their strength and elasticity. The decline of estrogen, which occurs at menopause, can result in a sudden worsening of symptoms. Estrogen helps strengthen and maintain muscles in the vagina. The cream has very little systemic absorption and has a potent effect locally where it is applied. Topical administration has less risk than the oral preparations. The application of estrogens to the anterior vagina and urethral area may be very helpful in alleviating urinary symptoms, such as urgency and frequency, even in the face of prolapsed bladder.
A natural estrogen replacement by Smoky Mountain Naturals, doctor recommended, and with all positive reviews! Check it out on Amazon here.
There's a great review in comments below about this product.
I myself haven't tried it. It's not expensive and worth a try.
I found some more information on other herbs:
That's my daughter and I on the left 15 yrs ago. Boy does time fly by!
What are you waiting for!
I wish I had known that just by strengthening the pelvic floor and adjusting my posture, I could have alleviated this disorder. Why hadn't my doctor told me about it? Why had I not heard about it at all???
Thankfully mine is mild. I want my daughter to know...every girl, every woman to know, so this doesn’t happen to them. If it has already occurred there is a way naturally that may help it.
I found the Hab-It / Pelvic Floor Exercise DVD. I can say I noticed a difference quickly after a week! Tasha Mulligan, Physical Therapist, explains in detail about this disorder.
Do these exercises as a preventative and do after childbirth!
I found the DVD at Amazon. Tasha now has a digital download here!! In order to do the exercises, you must purchase a 12-inch elastic band on your own, such as Thera-band brand, in stores or online)
You'll need an Exercise Ball to do many of the exercises too. She shows you that you can also use a chair but you are positioned properly on an exercise ball.
Michele Kenway shows how to fit the right size Exercise Ball for your seated core and prolapse exercises.
Tasha Mulligan has a website and forums where you can ask questions and read an extensive amount of information on prolapse.
Click here: Tasha Mulligan
How Many Kegels is the Right Number?
There are also some excellent and helpful forums at:
The Whole Woman Village Forum There are sections on toileting that are really helpful. Tasha Mulligan definitely does not agree with Christine Kent, RN. I tried both videos. The First Aid for Prolapse DVD helped me learn how to stand and vacuum properly and the ballet type exercises seemed to help "pull up" everything. I sit cross legged and that really has helped and sitting up with curved spine such as with a back support in the car or chair. I don't really do Christine Kent's posture of a flopped belly when walking, but the ballet moves on the DVD really do help me. You can buy the DVD on her website or Amazon. I recently checked out the price for the video on Amazon and it's $49 which is ridiculous! Knowing how women need this information I think she's taking advantage of so many women. I bought my DVD in 2013 and it was so much cheaper! I've checked libraries and they don't have it. I would contact your library and ask them to order it.
Here is her explanation of the Whole Woman Posture:
Alignment means restoring the natural female shape, which unfortunately has little in common with the posture your mother or ballet teacher probably taught you: bottom tucked under, belly pulled in, shoulders back.
This posture is a cultural contrivance, and completely unnatural for the female skeletal and anatomical form. It promotes chest rather than belly breathing, and puts the hip joints and pelvic organ support system at risk.
Do a search for photos of women in so-called primitive societies who spend their days sitting on the ground, preparing meals, working or caring for their children, or walking with heavy loads balanced on their heads. Their posture is entirely different.
They have no comfy sofas, easy chairs or recliners to which they can delegate the work of supporting their upper bodies. They sit comfortably for hours, often on the ground, without any back support, or carry heavy loads balanced on their heads without injury, all because they are in their natural female postural alignment.
1. Lift your chest. Stretch it up.
2. Relax your belly. Notice when you do this, your abdominal muscles stretch out into the gently curved belly characteristic of the natural female shape. Six pack abs are for men.
3. Lower the shoulders away from the ears but flat across the back, not pulled back.
4, Lift the back of the head by slightly tucking the chin. Not so much as to compress the voice box.
Knees straight but not locked.
5. Feet parallel when standing and walking.
Note that your lumbar curvature, essential for proper pelvic alignment, naturally asserts itself in this posture because the curvature is built into the shape of the lumbar vertebrae. If you try to stick your bottom out, you will just cause pain in your sacroilliac joints.
The real work of alignment is remembering to remember to pull up into the posture. It takes time and some effort, but usually within a few months, if you are diligent, the posture will become utterly natural. In time, you'll discover how comfortable the posture is, and that anything else feels wrong and uncomfortable.
It is difficult to over-estimate the importance of this posture for the health of your pelvic organ support system, hip joints, and urinary continence system.
The posture is not difficult. You can do this, thousands of women have done so already. You can read their results on the Whole Woman forum.
Pay attention to your body. You will find yourself refining how you show up in life, no matter what your activities, because your body will teach you what is right for it and what isn’t. Your body possesses deep intelligence.
Tasha Mulligan and Christine Kent do not agree with each other on technique but I feel both have helped me.
You just really have to see what works for you. Tasha Mulligan is a trained Physical Therapist and that's important to me. She really works on strengthening the pelvic floor muscles. It's in great detail. (For Rectocele someone asked her a question about rectocele and Tasha said to do Workout 1 on her DVD, but of course do ALL the workouts as they work together to strengthen all the muscles.)
Tasha is back to doing triathlons and that definitely says something about the success of her program!
Here's an excerpt from Tasha Mulligan's website explaining the differences:
Go to their YouTube Page and there are several videos with exercises.
Tasha Mulligan on her forums suggested T-Tapp Placing Organs in Place
Keep butt tucked, place hands inside left hip bone and push into abdominal cavity. Then push the organs towards center of the tummy. Repeat.
Keep butt tucked, place hands inside right hip bone and push into abdominal cavity. Then push the organs towards center of the tummy.
Keep butt tucked and place hands on lower abdomen, just below bladder (lower than photo). Push fingertips into abdominal cavity and roll palms flat as you continue to push into abdomen. You may feel some discomfort as the organs move up towards the rib cage.
Hold palms flat into abdominal cavity and "tighten" the muscles underneath. Hold for 8 counts. Once strong enough, hold position for an additional 8 counts without hands on tummy. Keeping butt up, continue to do "butt tucks" never touching the floor for a total of 20 tucks. Lower hips and rest 8 counts. Repeat entire sequence. Then Proceed into "Half Frog Sequence".
Tasha Mulligan has an article on the compression shorts.
Here's Tasha Mulligan's information on adjusting exercises so they do not aggravate prolapse. I'm adding it here because it was hard to find on her website. This is her review of the Insanity DVD.
http://www.pelvicexercises.com.au/unsafe-abdominal-exercises/ They really have some great information too.
Exercises to avoid with prolapse and after prolapse surgeryTraining your pelvic floor with the wrong kind of abdominal exercises.
This expert physiotherapist article teaches you:
- 12 unsafe abdominal exercises likely to worsen prolapse symptoms and contribute to recurrent prolapse after prolapse surgery.
- How to identify unsafe abdominal exercises if you have pelvic floor dysfunction
- The 3 myths you need to know about abdominal strength exercises.
If you intensely exercise your upper abdominal muscles (i.e. your six pack muscles), you will increase the downward pressure on your pelvic floor.Recent studies show that when women with pelvic floor dysfunction do sit-up exercises, their pelvic floor is forced downwards. If you repeat this often enough, you will overload your pelvic floor and potentially worsen prolapse symptoms.
Avoid doing the following upper abdominal muscle exercises if you have a pelvic prolapse or when exercising after prolapse surgery to minimise pressure on your pelvic floor:
DO NOT DO THESE EXERCISES IF YOU HAVE PELVIC PROLAPSE.
I did not know these exercises could cause more problems!
1. Abdominal crunch/curl or sit-up exercises (shown right)
2. Incline sit-ups
3. Abdominal curl machine
4. Oblique sit-ups
5. Oblique machine
6. Ball sit-ups
7. Ball-between-leg lifts (shown above)
8. Bicycle legs
9. Double leg raise
10. Hanging knee raise11. Pilates "Table Top" exercise
12. Intense core exercises such as "Plank" or "Hover" (shown right)
Here is a PDF from her website you can print out with more details on exercises to stay away from and also how to modify them correctly. https://www.pelvicexercises.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/7-Unsafe-Exercises-for-Women-with-Prolapse-after-Prolapse-Surgery.pdf
*Michelle Kenway has a video actually demonstrating how to modify regular common place exercises so they do not cause prolapse to worsen and how to tone your tummy safely.
10 Yoga Poses to Avoid
from Michelle Kenway
If your pelvic floor is weak or not working well, some Yoga poses are best avoided.
This general information is intended to help you continue enjoying your Yoga practice and protect your pelvic floor.
It’s important to remember that those Yoga poses appropriate for some women may not be suited to others depending on individual risk factors for pelvic floor injury.
Yoga Pose 1 – Boat Pose
Try to avoid Yoga poses involving double leg raises if your pelvic floor is weak or at increased risk of injury.
Yoga Pose 2 – Half Boat PoseHalf Boat Pose
Modifying Boat Pose with bent knees doesn’t make this pose a pelvic floor safe exercise – it remains an intense upper abdominal core exercise.
Yoga Pose 3 – Garland PoseGarland Pose
Deep squat position compresses the abdomen onto the pelvic floor increasing pressure and strain on the pelvic floor organs and muscles.
Yoga Pose 4 – Scale PoseScale Pose
Weight bearing through the upper body involves the abdominal muscles working intensely – this pose is best suited to individuals with good upper body and pelvic floor strength.
Yoga Pose 5 – Plank
Full Plank pose is an intense core abdominal pose. This is a very challenging exercise for a pregnant woman’s pelvic floor to withstand!
Some women may find that they can modify Plank pose to reduce pelvic floor loading.
Yoga Pose 6 – Wide-Legged Forward Bend
Deep forward bend increases the downward pressure of the abdomen onto the pelvic floor muscles and organs.
Yoga Pose 7 – Chaturanga
Chaturanga Chaturanga or Yoga push up to Plank involves intense core abdominal muscle activity.
Some women can modify Chaturanga to reduce pelvic floor loading by kneeling rather than weight bearing through the feet as shown above.
Yoga Pose 8 – Locust Pose
Some women report increased prolapse symptoms associated with doing this pose however this remains anecdotal.
Yoga Pose 9 – Fish Pose (Legs Raised)
Fish Pose with legs raised increases pressure within the abdomen that is transferred to the pelvic floor.
To modify this exercise perform without legs raised for a pelvic floor safe alternative to this double legs raised pose.
Yoga Pose 10 – Crow Pose
Intense upper body strength exercise … and it’s wise to avoid doing any Yoga poses on the ledge of a balcony!
This list of 10 Yoga poses that may increase pressure on the pelvic floor is by no means exhaustive.
Some women have sufficient pelvic floor strength and function to perform these Yoga poses without straining their pelvic floor.
Other women with weak pelvic floor muscles, prolapse problems, after prolapse repair surgery or with pelvic floor muscle tension may find that they benefit from avoiding or modifying these poses.
More information on yoga poses can be found at Michelle Kenway's site: https://www.pelvicexercises.com.au/yoga-poses/
***********************************For much more information on safe abdominal exercise if you have a prolapse or after prolapse surgery refer to
Inside Out by Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist Michelle Kenway and Urogynaecologist Dr Judith Goh.
(This looks like an AWESOME book to get!)
Tips for how to identify unsafe abdominal exercises …Try to avoid any abdominal exercises that involve raising both legs off the ground at once and/or exercises involving raising your head and shoulders off the ground whilst lying down on your back. Both these types of exercises will increase the downward force on your prolapse and your pelvic floor. These exercises require very good pelvic floor strength to counteract the downward pressure associated with them.
3 myths about abdominal core strength exercises
Myth 1. Abdominal exercises will flatten the appearance of my stomachUnfortunately our society has a culture of abdominal strengthening. Women are often led to believe that the more abdominal muscle exercises they perform, the flatter their stomach will appear! We know that it is not possible to spot reduce fat – to flatten your stomach you probably need to lose fat. It does not matter how many sit-up or abdominal strength exercises you do, they will never flatten your stomach. The way to flatten the appearance of your stomach is to lose body weight by reducing your fat intake and increasing appropriate exercise.
For professional guidelines for how to lose weight with pelvic floor problems refer to Inside Out- the essential women's guide to pelvic support by Michelle Kenway and Dr Judith Goh.
Myth 2. Pilates exercises will strengthen my pelvic floorIn some cases women mistakenly believe that doing abdominal exercises including Pilates exercises will actually strengthen their pelvic floor. Abdominal strength exercises or intense core exercises will not strengthen your pelvic floor if you have a prolapse or pelvic floor dysfunction. In fact the more intense abdominal exercises women perform, the more downward pressure they place on their pelvic floor. If your pelvic floor is not working as it should, it will not be able to withstand the downward pressure of abdominal exercises and your pelvic floor (and your prolapse) will be forced downwards as shown here in the diagram below. This is potentially a huge problem for women who have had prolapse surgery in the past. If you have a prolapse including bladder prolapse (cyctocele), bowel prolapse (rectocele) or uterine prolapse, the wrong kind of abdominal strength exercise is likely to make your pelvic prolapse worse.
Myth 3. I need to brace my stomach muscles (pull them in strongly) constantly when I exercise and as I walk aroundAdvice to brace your abdominal muscles strongly is not correct advice. If you constantly pull your stomach muscles in firmly, then you constantly increase the downward pressure on your pelvic floor and your prolapse. Your deep abdominal core muscles are designed to work gently all the time and this is how they should be trained.
Exercise with Prolapse
I was glad to hear that she said that Leslie Sansone's Walk Aerobics was a good program!
Here's her reply to my question.
I have been doing the Leslie Sansone Walking workouts, 3 miles and 5 miles. I do low kicks 45* angle. Can I go to 90* angle or is that putting too much pressure on pelvic floor? Leslie says to pull in the stomach. I pull up in the kegel the whole time which also pulls in the stomach. She does side steps, side knee lifts and twists and back kicks.
I’ve also been doing Denise Austin. I do back lunges with 5 lb weights then squats with 5 lb weights. I’m thinking the weight might be too much.
Thank you for all you do and any suggestions!
I've switched now to a stationary bicycle since I neglected doing the exercises and don't feel comfortable with the marching light jog of Leslie Sansone right now.
Michelle Kenway says this is a safe way to workout without straining your pelvic floor.
Stationary bike is great form of fitness and weight management exercise that can help women exercise and avoid pelvic floor strain.
Stationary bike is low impact providing a safe effective workout for women with prolapse and/or incontinence problems.
This stationary bike video shows you how to set up your bike and ride to protect your pelvic floor when cycling. It also describes the most effective stationary bike exercise for weight loss.
What are the Benefits of Stationary Bike?
Potential benefits include:
-Weight management and weight loss
-Pelvic floor protection
-Joint protection (i.e. knees, hips, ankles)
-Lower limb muscle strengthening
-Lower limb muscle endurance
When to Avoid Stationary Bike
Avoid stationary bike exercise:
- With pelvic pain (usually aggravated with sitting)
- With increased pelvic floor tension
- Some lower back conditions (e.g. acute disc injury, sciatic nerve irritation)
- With numbness or tingling in the area you sit on
Stationary Bike Set Up
To set up your bike:
-Position the bike seat so your hips are higher than your knees throughout
-Your extended leg remains slightly bent when fully extended
- The arm rests support you sitting your body upright on the seat
Stationary Bike Techniques to Avoid for Pelvic Floor Protection
Some stationary bike techniques can increase pelvic floor loading and are best avoided if the pelvic floor is at increased risk of injury:
- Using high gears causing heavy resistance and straining to move the pedals
- Standing out of the saddle when cycling
Stationary Bike Techniques to Choose
-Stay seated in the saddle
-Keep leg resistance manageable
-Alternating cycle speed with fast,moderate and slow pedal revolutions
Best Stationary Bike Technique for Weight Loss
Stationary bike may help you exercise for longer duration than you might otherwise be able to with pelvic floor problems.
Stationary bike helps some women exercise at a higher intensity than they otherwise may not be able to achieve
Using the stationary bike with alternating high and low intensity provides for highly effective weight loss exercise - without the need to diet.
Stationary Bike Regime for Abdominal Weight Loss
Research at the University of NSW has investigated stationary bike weight loss exercise using a regime known as "Life Sprints".
The most effecting weight loss stationary bike training regime involved:
- Exercising on 3 alternate days of the week
- Performing 20 minutes alternating high and low intensity exercise (following 5 minutes warm up)
- Alternating 8 seconds high intensity vigorous cycling with 12 seconds low intensity cycling known as "interval sprinting"
Summary for Stationary Bike and Pelvic Floor Safe Exercise
-Set up your stationary bike so your hips are higher than knees
-Sit your body upright
-Choose light to moderate resistance
-Avoid high resistance
-Avoid standing out of the saddle when cycling
-Cycling with short sessions of alternating high and low intensity can provide effective weight loss exercise
Carrying extra weight can aggravate prolapse.
Kettle Bell Gym Exercises
Some kettle bell exercises have potential to overload the pelvic floor; like many exercises using kettle bells safely requires an understanding of pelvic floor safe strengthening principles. Low load kettle bells may be used by some women to add resistance to train pelvic floor safe exercises.
Kettle Bell Exercises techniques can increase the load on the pelvic floor including:
- Lifting kettle bells from ground level
- Lifting heavy kettle bells ( facilitated by the handle grip)
- Bending forward exercises holding the kettle bell in front of the body
- Deep squat exercises holding kettle bells
Kettle bell weighted exercises to avoid include:
- Kettle bell squat (shown left)
- Two-hand swings (squat and dead lift),
- Clean to rack (squat and raise over shoulder),
- Push press (squat and press overhead),
- Lateral lunge holding kettle bells
- Unmodified Plank or push ups using kettle bells
- Kettle bell burpees
You can find More info to see what exercises you can and cannot do with the kettle bell at :https://www.pelvicexercises.com.au/gym-exercises/
The Hidden Waist Trainer Risks to Your Core & Pelvic Floor.
There's a new celebrity "fitness" craze called Waist Training.
It's basically wearing a tight corset.
I believe these celebrities are just uninformed of the repercussions of these devices, especially using them after childbirth or having weak pelvic floor muscles.
But beware … at a glance waist trainers may seem the miracle no effort solution for waist trimming but in reality wearing a waist trainer can pose an array of risks to your body – some serious!
These corsets are cleverly marketed by some as enhancing fitness training results.Maybe you’ve heard about women in the Victorian era who fainted because of their tight corset causing shallow breathing?
Difficulty deep breathing is only one of a number of risks with waist training.
Waist trainers are designed to cinch in or narrow the waist.
Cinching in the waist increases the pressure within the trunk. This pressure is directed upwards and downwards within the body from the waist (shown right).
Just like squeezing a tube of toothpaste in the middle- the contents are forced outwards!
Wearing a tight waist trainer can have a two-fold effect on the trunk:
- The diaphragm and stomach contents forced upwards
- The abdominal contents and pelvic floor are forced downwards.
This can then aggravate or even worsen bladder prolapse, rectocele or uterine prolapse.
Wearing a corset makes the abdominal core muscles lazy.Rather than toning the abdomen, prolonged wearing of a tight waist trainer will detrain the deep core abdominal muscles making them floppy and weak.
Wearing a tight waist trainer for extended duration will:
- Weaken abdominal core muscles
- Weaken postural muscles
- Increase the risk of pelvic floor dysfunction
- Delay postnatal recovery
- Increase the risk of gastric reflux
- Increase respiratory (breathing) risks if worn during aerobic
- exercises – particularly intense exercises that have a high oxygen demand.
So stay away from them. Use the safe core exercises included in the dvd's and books.
More information at:
I was searching for more information and found the Kegel Queen. It was a waste of time...she charges over $300 for the information!!! Just try Tasha Mulligan's DVD so reasonably priced or some information on the You Tube Channel.
This can’t be kept in the closet. Women need to know. I’ll shout it from the mountain tops! The good news is that there is help!
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