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Ladies, are you sabotaging your pelvic health?

Ladies, are you sabotaging your pelvic health?

Continence is not the nicest of subjects, however, it is an aspect of our health that we are responsible for just as much as our mental and physical health. However, unlike our mental and physical health, it is more often neglected and, in certain cases, sabotaged.

What are some of the most common methods of sabotaging pelvic health?

* Putting up with bladder leakage

Allowing incontinence to persist, no matter how light, will often result in a worsening of the situation. It is highly unlikely to go away by itself if left alone, and while wearing a pad may help in managing leakage, it is by no means a solution.

* Participating in the wrong type of exercise, or exercising incorrectly

Provided that you have a strong pelvic floor, most forms of exercise shouldn’t be an issue. On the other hand, performing certain exercises with a weak pelvic floor can strain and damage the pelvic floor, resulting in longer-term issues. Highly strenuous activities can be particularly hazardous to the health of your pelvic region.

* Overhydrating

With constant mixed messages about our daily hydration requirements, it can be confusing to work out just how much water we actually need. There is no solid basis determining the “correct” volume of fluid that is required by each of our individual bodies each day. Any liquids, including tea and coffee, are efficient in hydrating our bodies, however, too many fizzy or caffeinated beverages can trigger urge incontinence, as they do have a diuretic effect. Excessive fluid consumption actually increases the risk of incontinence, with constant pressure being placed on the bladder.

Just like any other muscle in the body, the pelvic floor needs specific training to assist it to function optimally. It is also important to perform the specific exercises correctly in order to get the most benefit. An assessment and exercise plan with one of our experienced Hoppers Crossing physiotherapists will ensure the best results for your pelvic floor. Schedule an appointment at Western Women’s and Men’s Health today! Call our friendly clinic on (03) 8001 2004.

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