Uptight and Personal – The Hypertonic Pelvic Floor

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  1. Kim says:

    This is so helpful. Thank you for posting. I remember being handed a leaflet after having my first baby (19 years ago!) about doing pelvic floor exercises…but busy with a baby and life so ignored. Fast forward to 50 years old and being told I have a prolapse, finding out how very common it is (apparently 1 in 2 women…jaw dropping if that is true) , being told to stop all the sport that makes me feel good, and going straight into daily kegels. The exercises made my symptoms much worse and through trial and error I have come to understand you can have a tight pelvic floor which needs to be relaxed, only then move onto to do the strengthening. The impact of the mind is crucial and tends to be underestimated or ignored by some physiotherapists. I started my kegel regime right in the middle of my dad passing away and still processing the idea I had a prolapse (which made me want to stop moving around at all to prevent the prolapse getting worst) – only in hindsight realising how counterproductive that has been ..now I’m working on relaxing my pretty shell shocked uptight pelvic floor. Pelvic floor health should be talked about with girls at school, alongside periods and menopause.

  2. Kathryn says:

    Hi Kim, thank you so much for sharing your story. Yes the stats in some areas are up to 50% of women once beyond the age of 70, but it is appearing more common, perhaps because we are more aware of it, but also perhaps as you mentioned due to the effects of stresses in life – both childbirth but also emotional stress that affects the body, the breathing and consequently the pelvic floor. I am so pleased you have found the right path for you and really hope you get back to your favourite exercise and overall wellbeing. Best wishes, Kathryn

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