1 in 3 women are affected by urine leakage daily. Incontinence, although common, is not normal, and you do not have to pad the problem or be embarrassed to talk to your GP about your symptoms. From 17th – 23rd June, the International Continence Society and the World Federation of Incontinence Patients are running their annual World Continence Week 2019.
Your pelvic floor is one of the most important parts of your body. Your pelvic floor is a collection of muscles, fibres and ligaments that work together to support your pelvic organs.
The main way of keeping these muscles strong is to perform Kegels (pelvic floor exercises). These are exercises that work by contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles.
But, can you strengthen your pelvic floor without Kegels? Learn more in this blog...
Kegels – you’ve heard them, hell you might have even tried them. But are they working for you – how can you tell?
There are a range of devices on the market that can help improve the strength of your pelvic floor, but how do you know if you really need one?
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Water. We know we should be drinking it, we know how important it is to our health, but it’s just so easy to forget. With our busy lifestyles and hectic schedules, it’s hard to find room for bladder health reminders.
Perhaps you've invested in a fancy water bottle that reminds you when you need to drink, or you may casually sip coffee throughout the day, but do you know if you need to drink more? Read this blog to learn more…
As the temperature slowly begins to creep up, it starts to dawn on us that summertime is arriving. It’s normally around now that your panic about achieving a ‘beach body’ sets in. But whether you want to look good in a swimsuit, or feel good and healthy – exercise is key.
You’ve done the crunches, sweated in squats and god, please don’t remind us of the plank. But there’s vital muscles that you may be forgetting when getting summer-ready.
Cycling is a great activity to stay fit and healthy. However, it comes at a price. Cycling is not the kindest sport to your vulva and vagina – potentially taking a toll on your pelvic floor.
In cycling, a strong pelvic floor can help contribute to core strength and improved breathing. But, it’s not all smiles and rainbows. Core strength can be hard to maintain if riding a bicycle can pose a detrimental threat to the pelvic floor itself.
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It’s pretty common knowledge now that you should be exercising your pelvic floor. If you haven’t heard of Kegels where have you been?! For those out of the loop – Kegels are a form of exercise that specifically target your pelvic floor muscles; often a set of voluntary contractions to strengthen the muscles.
When you perform a Kegel exercise you should ALWAYS remember to relax your pelvic floor after contracting it. Failing to teach your pelvic floor muscles how to relax can lead to them becoming overactive – this can be seen in certain activities, such as ballet, where the pelvic floor plays a big role.
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"One of the most important things a person can do for their pelvic health is to keep good, regular bowel movements going. However, too many women do not prioritise this time and end up constipated as a result."
In this blog, Registered Dietitian Dalia Maori writes about the important of nutrition in avoiding and treating constipation.
Stress is often an unavoidable part of normal life. One way or another, it’s bound to affect you in small amounts. Chronic stress on the other hand is far from healthy. Mostly, it affects your emotional wellbeing, but it can also wreak havoc on your pelvic floor.
When you’ve got a million and one things to take care of, your pelvic floor is probably the least of your concerns. But, a strong and healthy pelvic floor can help keep you supported physically and mentally. Read this blog to learn more…
Want to know the best exercise techniques for your pelvic floor?
Watch Physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, teach Stephanie Taylor, Founder and managing Director of Kegel8, techniques to strengthen and support the pelvic floor muscles.