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Women’s Health Education
February 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Why It’s Time To Talk About Women’s Health.
Women’s Health primarily revolves around the pelvic floor, a group of muscles that assist in everyday function. To get a better sense of the role our pelvic floor plays in the body, the pelvis sits between the tailbone and the pubic bone and holds the organs of digestion, elimination, and sexual function. The muscles at the bottom of your pelvis, attaching to the thigh bones and comprising the lower part of the core, are collectively called the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor acts to stabilize your hips and pelvis and is responsible for controlling core stabilization, urine flow, healthy sexual activity, and more. Due to its central role in stabilization of the body, we want pelvic floor muscles to be functioning properly, however, like any other muscle, the pelvic floor can be too tight and/or weak leading to pelvic floor dysfunction and imbalances throughout the body.
- Core control = body’s ability to stabilize
- Pelvic Floor = essential piece of the core
Why is proper pelvic floor functioning important to the whole body?
- Proper alignment and control of your pelvis & core will ensure healthy function during exercise such as running or high-intensity training
- Pelvic floor can affect urination habits (frequency, incontinence, pain)
- Pelvic floor, if under prolonged stress, can affect your posture and body alignment
- The Pelvic floor and core are our homebase, if not stabilized it will affect all other parts of the body, for example:
- Hip impingement
- IT Band pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
Common Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction are not always obvious and symptomatic and can manifest in other places in the body such as hips, back, and other surrounding structures. Pelvic floor dysfunction is often caused by restrictions of the muscles and nerves of the pelvis and can appear as:
- Bowel and bladder dysfunction
- Pain with bowel or urine release
- Frequent urination or urges to urinate
- Leaking with high-pressure activities (coughing, sneezing, jump rope, running)
- Pain with sex
- Chronic pain
Want to Learn More About Women’s Health?
Join Finish Line PT Doctors of Physical Therapy for a conversation on women’s health. We want to shed light on pelvic floor wellness and ensure your body is working optimally in a way that leaves you feeling healthy and able to perform your daily routines comfortably!
What we will talk about:
- What is the pelvic floor & what is its function in the body
- Why is pelvic floor health important for ALL women
- What are mechanisms & symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction
- How you rehab/prehab the pelvic floor through nutrition and movement