I had two confront two commonly held myths in our society today, and they’re officially my pelvic floor Pet Peeves!
- That pelvic floor training must be easy, it’s a regression, that pelvic floor training is not really a workout
- That we have to ignore the pelvic floor in order to train or exercise
WHY? Who said we can’t do both?
The biggest reason these are my pet peeves is, for a start, it’s more often the way you move, not the intensity of your session, that overloads the pelvic floor.
There’s a difference between intervals on a bike and the exact same intervals when running, when we are talking about loading the pelvic floor. You can do nasty, horrible, gut wrenching intervals on a bike with zero impact on your pelvic floor if that’s what you want from your training (unless you hold your breath – don’t do that!). All that is required from a personal trainer is an understanding of how the movement of your limbs and trunk loads the deep core, and you can train as hard as you like without doing further damage!
Furthermore, i have read studies that indicate that applying regular Strength and Conditioning principles to pelvic floor training, has the same effect as applying those principles to other muscles. I know, blindingly obvious, right?! Can you see why these would become pet peeves? One study reported over 80% “cure” rate (or significant improvement) of subjects who suffered stress incontinence (the kind where you leak when you sneeze)*.
So why do some trainers feel that they need to ignore this exceedingly vulnerable area of the human body, in order to overload the rest of the body during the session? If it’s the way you move that encourages or discourages healing, then why do we feel the need to adjust the intensity of the session?
Obviously, we don’t! For those who want to learn more, we have a 6 CEC course for trainers: http://into-you.com.au/product/6-step-restore-core-course/
And we will also teach YOU how to move to Restore Your Core: http://into-you.com.au/product/6-step-restore-your-core-pelvic-floor-session-for-mums/
This is our attempt to change this general misconception one person at a time!
*Fozzatti MC , Palma P, Herrmann V, Dambros M. [Impact of global postural reeducation for treatment of female stress urinary incontinence]. Rev Assoc Med Bras. 2008 Jan-Feb;54(1):17-22.