The reason I started Body Motion Physical Therapy and am so committed to helping moms from day one postpartum through menopause and beyond is because we believe that you should enjoy living life in your body.
For you to enjoy life, it is helpful to enjoy your body. There is no doubt that the body after babies can be frustrating for moms. It can be frustrating to be a new mom and wake up and feel achy and worn out, as if you have aged 20 years overnight.
It is equally hard to have to invest in a new wardrobe or look at your clothes and how they fit. So, instead of dwelling on what life was like, we empower you to embrace the body you have now in order to create a solid foundation on which to build your future.
Physically, your foundation is your core and pelvic floor. When the foundation is strong and powerful then all of a sudden you get a new lease on how things feel.
When things feel good, you feel better and your mental shift is more positive.So many moms ask us if they should wait to heal and do the work until after they are done having babies. As you read earlier, that is not beneficial. It is helpful to heal after every pregnancy so you can prevent the soliloquy of events that happen to the body when full healing isn’t allowed to take place. At the very least, I would highly suggest facilitating healing prior to menopause. The early postpartum period is actually not that dissimilar to menopause because during both your estrogen is prone to plummeting.
What happens when estrogen is depleted is that there can be a decreased sex drive, a decrease in vaginal lubrication, discomfort during intercourse and muscle atrophy (meaning the muscle slowly depletes).
So, helping the body, more specifically healing the pelvic floor, will help improve your journey through menopause.
Having a pelvic floor that still has scar tissue and is uncoordinated to contract, relax, and bulge is going to set you up for things like fecal and urinary incontinence, uncomfortable intercourse, and overall weakness.
You know now that the pelvic floor weakness and dysfunction is going to take its toll on the knees, hips, back, and more, which is why I am trying to stress how crucial it is to heal before menopause so you don’t have to deal with being bogged down by these preventable issues. It cannot happen all at once.
There are steps and there are stages that must be accomplished before you can fully experience the life you are meant to live. For us, we begin with transformation.