We’re all familiar with the laughing women, dancing women, and oops moments that build a pad advertisement. They all serve to make incontinence appear as a normal part of ageing. But is it?
Of course not!
These adverts for pads (essentially adult diapers) encourage women to settle for a lifetime of incontinence when better treatments are readily available.
Many women worldwide suffer with various forms of pelvic pain, ranging in it's severity.
If you’ve had continuous or recurrent pevic pain for more than 6 months, which is not connected to menstruation, pregnancy or sexual intercourse, this is known as ‘chronic pelvic pain’.
Chronic pelvic pain affects around 1 in 6 women, with worldwide rates for women of childbearing age ranging from 14% - 32%. Not only is their health suffering, but chronic pelvic pain is affecting women’s careers as we see 15% of sick days taken by women are a result of pelvic pain.
Relaxing your pelvic floor is important. You may not realise that you hold tension in your pelvis, but you could be suffering with tight muscles. This is particularly common if you spend most of your day sitting.
In the sixth installment of 'Pelvic Floor Exercise Techniques', watch physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, speak to Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, Stephanie Taylor, about using the Squat technique to help relax your pelvic floor.
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If you exercise your pelvic floor muscles too much, exercise them incorrectly, or don't exercise them at all, you can experience discomfort or pain in your pelvis.
In this fifth installment of 'Pelvic Floor Exercise Techniques', watch Physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, speak to Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, Stephanie Taylor, about exercises that can relieve pelvic pain.
When you cough or sneeze it's vital that your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles are kept strong. Strong pelvic floor muscles can help prevent any leakage of urine.
Stability exercises can help you strengthen both the abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor muscles.
In this fourth installment of 'Pelvic Floor Exercise Techniques', watch Physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, speak to Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, Stephanie Taylor, about the importance of the pelvic floor muscles for avoiding urinary incontinence.
New mums often suffer from pelvic floor damage as a result of pregnancy hormones relaxing their pelvic floor - often beyond its ability to rebound.
The weight of the baby causes the pelvic floor muscles further stress, and alongside the damage caused by childbirth, it can lead to pelvic floor disorders developing.
Therefore, all new mums are recommended to incorporate pelvic floor exercises into their recovery.
But what do you do if pelvic floor exercises are not helping?
Your abdominal muscles are important as they help give more support to your pelvic organs. If the muscles are strong, they can prevent excess weight from putting pressure on your pelvic floor. Any excess weight can strain your pelvic floor and weaken the muscles as a result.
In this third installment of 'Pelvic Floor Exercise Techniques', watch physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, teach Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, Stephanie Taylor, how to strengthen the abdominal muscles in order to strengthen the pelvic floor.
Wanting to get more out of your pelvic floor exercises? You can strengthen your muscles even quicker by using arm weights!
In the second installment of 'Pelvic Floor Exercise Techniques', watch Physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, show Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, Stephanie Taylor, how to use arm weights to strengthen the pelvic floor.
Comedian and women’s health physiotherapist, Elaine Miller, is performing her outstanding pelvic floor show, Gusset Grippers. at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this month.
In this video, Stephanie Taylor, Founder and Managing Director at Kegel8, caught up with Elaine between gigs, speaking about the need for pelvic floor education in schools, the #pelvicroar campaign, and top tips for a strong pelvic floor.