Tuesday, October 16, 2007

(Post # 47) Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic floor dysfunction is a very common problem affecting 1 in 4 women.

Between pregnancy, childbirth, hormones, inactivity, and too much uninterrupted sitting (at the desk, computer, driving, reading, etc.) I predict this already high percentage of women getting the dysfunction is going to get much higher in the coming years.

Symptoms vary but the most common are:

  • Bladder incontinence
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Sexual dysfunction (lack of feeling or sensation)
  • Pelvic floor pain

The traditional way tells us to Squeeze!...Squeeze!...Squeeze!

I believe this approach is very limited at best.

What can you do to treat or prevent this problem?

In order to stimulate, strengthen and give endurance to the pelvic floor muscles you need to:

  1. Lunge in every direction (front, back, sideways, front diagonal and back diagonal) x 20 every day
  2. Squat with different foot position (feet together, feet 1 foot apart, 2 feet apart) x 20 every day
  3. Walk 20 minutes every day
  4. Only then will Kegel exercises (contract the pelvic floor muscles and hold 4 seconds x 20) will be effective.