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Protect your pelvic floor

Jul 3rd, 2016

Category: Articles

Protect your pelvic floor

Pelvic floor problems affect a significant percentage of the population and are far more common in women. Signs may include:

– accidentally leaking urine when you exercise, laugh, cough or sneeze
– constantly needing to go to the toilet
– finding it difficult to go to the toilet
– accidentally losing control of your bladder or bowel

Additional risk factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing pelvic floor problems include:

– a history of back pain
– previous trauma to the pelvic region such as a fall or pelvic radiotherapy
– a chronic cough or sneeze (e.g. due to asthma, smoking or hay fever)
– being overweight, or having a body mass index above 25, and
– heavy lifting on a regular basis – either at work or at the gym

One of our members is an experienced physiotherapist and has identified some helpful information here.

And remember to let our instructors know if you have ANY kind of limitation so we can show you alternatives that mean you can still take part in our fun group fitness classes!

More information on pelvic floor can be found at http://www.pelvicfloorfirst.org.au/ and a video on performing pelvic floor video is below.

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