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Address Postpartum Issues So You Can Live A Healthy, Active Confident Life For You + Your Kids

Most moms come to me and tell me that “their pelvic floor is so weak.”They feel “wide open and gapping since having kids.”They don’t even feel like that can really squeeze their husbands penis. Did you know that this is most of the time caused by a tight pelvic floor?

Yes, what feels open and weak, is most likely very tight and not flexible as a muscle.

You can do all the relaxation and breathing in the world but if it’s tight, you’re never going to get full range of motion without physical stretching and balancing of these muscles. This is a key factor in improving the health and function of your core.

What we see clinically is that no one really needs Kegel’s… most of us have been sucking in our stomachs or holding stress in these muscles for years.

What we need to do is learn how to relax these muscles. We need to allow blood flow back into these tight muscles so that they can gain strength and coordination. But if we are doing something for years it can be hard to teach muscles “new tricks”

So how does this show up? How do you know if your pelvic floor is too tight?

  • Leaking when you cough or sneeze
  • When you do a workout and feel wetness in your pants
  • When you need lube for sex to be enjoyable
  • If you feel like you can’t stop a stream of urine or a fart
  • If your vagina just feels open like you can’t contract it at all
  • Discomfort with intimacy maybe if feels like your partner is hitting something
  • If you can’t jump on a trampoline

So why care? Most of our moms lived with these issues and most of our friends mention that it’s happening to them postpartum. But leaking matters because it is a sign from your body that something is off.

The pelvic floor isn’t just for sex! Most of us read about Kegel’s in Cosmo and banked it in our minds for when we started being sexually active. The pelvic floor is the foundation of your core strength. When you run, it’s there. Jump? It’s got you. Lifting? It’s got your back, literally. But leaking means that the pelvic floor is in need. If we just ignore it and wear pads and pee every time we pass a bathroom in hopes that those things will help we allow our bodies to do what they do best… COMPENSATE.

Your body is going to notice it can’t depend on your pelvic floor so it’s going to pass the force absorption off onto your knees, hips and back. That’s why we see women 5, 10, 15 years postpartum needing Cortizone injections even knee replacements. A few years later maybe a bladder sling and a hip replacement.

Back pain and leaking is talked about like it’s in a what to expect when your aging handbook but just because something is common doesn’t mean it’s normal!

Our generation has so many resources on how to live a long, active, confident life and we take so many measures to ensure our future health. Knowledge is power and when you know better you can do better.

Pelvic Floor Therapy at Body Motion PT isn’t just a few exercises and you’re good to go. It’s hands on internal and external manual therapy. To release any scar tissue or tightness in the pelvic floor and teach you how to coordinate these muscles. To regain a natural rhythm for force absorption so you can do the activities you enjoy without worry in the back of your mind.

Pelvic Floor PT for prevention is how to take back control of bladder leaks.

“Giving birth should not mean you sacrifice your health and suffer with issues the rest of your life.”

AUTHOR

Allison Feldt

Body Motion Physical Therapy

"We Help Women Through Fertility, Pregnancy, Birth, Postpartum and Beyond So They Can Live Active, Confident, Healthy Lives Without The Need For Medication Or Surgery"
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