Your body muscle strength may exceed the ability of your pelvic floor. If you have or are at risk of pelvic floor problems, then it is important you train for the ‘weakest link’ and put your pelvic floor first.
Who is Most at Risk of Pelvic Floor Injury?
There are times and events in every woman’s life where her risk of pelvic floor injury with inappropriate strength exercises may be increased. This includes;
- With existing pelvic prolapse;
- After previous prolapse surgery;
- New mums;
- During and after menopause;
- After a hysterectomy;
- With a weak pelvic floor;
- With pelvic floor pain or increased pelvic floor muscle tension; and
- When strength training for osteoporosis to improve bone density.
If you can apply any or all of the above strength training principles you will better ensure safer prolapse exercises. Pelvic floor safe strength training principles can help women to exercise safely for better strength and tone, and protect the health of their pelvic floor.
Strength Training Guidelines for Women with Prolapse
Safe prolapse exercises require an understanding of the exercises and techniques with the potential to cause pelvic floor injury.
These physiotherapy guidelines for safe prolapse exercises are by Michelle Kenway, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist and author of Inside Out.
Michelle designed these 10 pelvic floor safe exercise principles that are widely adopted throughout Australia as part of the Continence Foundation of Australia’s Pelvic Floor First safe exercise campaign.
10 Pelvic Floor Safe Exercise Principles for Strengthening