How effective is your pelvic floor fitness strategy?
There’s a good chance you have a skincare routine to help you hold back the years, and take regular exercise classes to make sure you feel as good as possible. But there is another part of your body that is often seriously neglected in our maintenance rituals. It can let you down at a moment’s notice and age is no barrier. Your pelvic floor.
Associated with ‘oops moments’, a ‘laughing and leaking episode’ or, as seen on TV, ‘a little bit of wee won’t stop me being me’.
But what if we ignore those signs and pass it off as ‘just one of those things’ and part of a woman’s journey?
Firstly, involuntary leaking is not normal and we shouldn’t accept it because incontinence is treatable. But not many women know this.
Secondly, it could be masking something much more serious long term, such as prolapse.
What is prolapse?
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) occurs either when the bladder or uterus bulges into the vagina. One in 12 women report symptoms of POP.
It feels like a heavy sensation in your vagina or lower back and causes problems when going to the toilet. In addition, sex can be painful.
Prolapse can be exacerbated for various reasons, such as pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, and certain medical conditions.
A study published by the BMJ Published 20 July 2016 states:
“Loss of vaginal or uterine support is seen in up to 30-76% of women presenting for routine gynaecology care.”
Pelvic organ prolapse develops due to weakening of the connective tissue, muscles and nerves that form the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor holds many of your internal organs in place, such as your intestines, bladder, and uterus. It must be strong enough to support these organs and flexible enough for women to give birth and maintain normal bodily functions such as urination and bowel movements.
So, now we know how important this muscle is. But when was the last time you gave it a second thought? And specifically, thought about your pelvic floor muscle exercise programme?
Pelvic floor gym time is essential to include in your daily schedule in order to protect yourself against prolapse.
How is prolapsed treated?
The first thing your doctor will recommend are lifestyle changes as shown on the prevention list below, but what if they don’t work? Pelvic floor reconstruction surgery could be your only option and even then it may not be effective.
What steps can you take to prevent prolapse?
- Make sure you stick to a healthy diet and maintain your weight within the correct range for your height
- Do regular pelvic floor exercises
- When lifting heavy items, engage your core
- If you smoke, stop now!
What if you need a faster, more effective fix for your pelvic floor?
Hannah Flemming Hill has opened the New U clinic in Nottingham, offering a painless, non-invasive treatment which can offer significant improvements in just three weeks. The BT Emsella chair simulates the effects of thousands and thousands of Kegel exercises – which strengthen the pelvic floor muscles – in a single session.
Users remain fully clothed and simply sit on the chair. They experience some tingling in the pelvic area, and can resume everyday activities straight after treatment.
The BT Emsella chair helps you restore bladder and pelvic muscle control without time-consuming or uncomfortable exercises, over a course of six non-invasive 28-minute sessions.
Here’s what people are saying about the BT Emsella chair:
“I can sneeze, I can skip, I can run… I can just do all kinds of exercise and competitions and I can now do them with a lot more confidence than I could before. It’s… freeing, very freeing, to be able to just do what you want to do again.”
“Before, I was getting up four or five times a night to go to a bathroom. It seems like it´s still improving. Even in the past few weeks some nights I have not had to get up at all. And it’s awesome!”
Find out if the treatment can work for you by getting in touch today.
Visit Hannah’s website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01773 764 289