We live life in a 360 degree pattern called the transverse plane. We must train spinal stability, intra-abdominal pressure and proper breathing mechanics in this plane to truly be resilient to injury and build functional capacity.
It can be tricky to truly appreciate pelvic floor relaxation and contraction. This exercise is perfect for that. Add a level of difficulty if you are ready by adding in one arm lifted straight out in front of you while breathing into the ball.
Its not that I hate the abdominal crunch, I just know that it strengthens our rectus abdominis or our "6-pack" muscle only and does not train our inner core. The part of the core that is responsible for spinal stability. The ab crunch will also unevenly distribute intra-abdominal pressure to areas of weakness such as, pelvic floor muscles and organs, diastasis recti and discs. This increases the risk of injury or further injury to these areas. To me the risk isn't worth the reward - that isn't there..... How many abdominal crunches have you done in your lifetime? Do you have a 6 pack? Ya, me neither. The abdominal crunch is antiquated, its outdated. We know more now so, let's move on from the old school 80's workouts, shall we?
It is a diagnosis that often leaves Women feeling embarrassed, ashamed and depressed, but it simply doesn’t have to be like that. Knowledge is power and movement is medicine – at least in my clinical practice.
I utilize a referral network of healthcare practitioners to establish the correct diagnosis in order to provide the right treatment. Prolapse isn’t treated any differently.
Definition of prolapse: Normally, the pelvic organs—the bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum—are supported and held in place by a group of muscles and tissues called the pelvic floor. When these muscles weaken over time, the pelvic organs can droop down and/or bulge into and/or out of the vagina.
In addition to the sensation of feeling an uncomfortable bulge in the vagina, you can experience symptoms such as
pain or pressure in the pelvis, the lower back, or both
urinary problems, like urine leaking or the feeling that you need to constantly urinate
Pregnancy to Motherhood is one of the most beautiful journeys and there is nothing I love more then to support a Woman during this transition time.
I am a Webster certified chiropractor and I work with Mama's to achieve pelvic alignment, so Mama doesn't have to be in pain during pregnancy and babe can get into the right position and drop down into the pelvic inlet- ready for go time. But once that is completed, so much more goes on before a Woman can get comfortable and relaxed enough to give birth.
Here are a few examples:
Do you feel safe?
Are you feeling scared or anxious?
Do you feel loved?
Are you going through any emotionally conflicts?
Do you still have chores to complete?
Are you well rested?
Are you relaxed?
Do you trust your birth team?
Do you have concerns about your spouse's support?
Is your spouse working away from home?
Do you have another little one at home?
The lighting in your home vs the hospital?
Are you afraid of hospitals?
Do hospital smells, beds, staff...