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Summer activities and the pelvic floor

Summer activities and the pelvic floor

With summer in full swing, we tend to head outdoors more to enjoy life more actively than we had been during the colder months. Alongside this increased activity, it is important to ensure that you’re still being conscious of taking care of your pelvic health.

Following are a few of the popular outdoor activities that are enjoyed over the summer months, and some considerations for your pelvic health:

* Swimming – Generally speaking, this is one of the safest activities for the health of your pelvic region, and particularly for those with pelvic health issues. This is because water is buoyant and therefore reduces pressure on the pelvic floor. Take care when performing certain actions, and stop or try a different technique or action if you experience any pain or discomfort. – Note: Be aware that remaining in a damp swimsuit for extended periods can put you at risk of developing a urinary tract infection (UTI). Try to change out of your wet bathers as soon as you can. It can also be helpful to empty your bladder following swimming to flush out any bacteria.

* Running – This activity has the potential to put excessive pressure on the pelvic floor. It is important not to push through any warning signals that your body is giving you, as this can result in further issues. If you experience leakage or are feeling pelvic pain, pressure or heaviness – stop running.

* Hiking and camping – These activities can vary in how physically demanding they are, and as such can place varying demands on your pelvic region. Carrying heavy loads, navigating steep, difficult and uneven terrain, as well as increasing your fluid intake all require strength, coordination and endurance of your pelvic region. If you’re experiencing a sense of pressure or heaviness in the pelvic floor region, it could be indicating that the strain is too great. Try to limit the load that you need to carry, as well as the difficulty and distance of your hike.

Remember that any low-impact activities are generally the best options for your pelvic health.

For ideas on summer activities that are safe or even beneficial for your pelvic health, or for guidance on how you can adjust your movements to better support your pelvic region during activities, our specialist physiotherapists at Western Women’s and Men’s Health are always here to help. Also, if you have experienced any adverse symptoms while exercising you can also visit us for help with modifying the activity to suit your needs. Book your appointment at our Hoppers Crossing clinic by calling (03) 8001 2044 today.

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