Pelvic floor dysfunction (dysfunction is a blanket term used to describe a wide variety of symptoms) occurs when the muscle is weakened or injured in some way. As it’s not a muscle that we can see, the tell-tale signs and most common symptoms are incontinence, lower back pain, pelvic organ prolapse or pelvic pain.
The main culprits tend to be childbirth and pregnancy, however age, obesity, menopause or improper lifting can also contribute to having tight or weak pelvic floor muscles. High impact exercise such as running or cross-fit can take its toll and put unnecessary strain on the pelvic floor.
Whilst the symptoms can be distressing, it is important not to ignore these as leaving a pelvic issue untreated can cause pain or future damage. By seeking help and learning how to perform kegel exercise, it is possible to greatly reduce and sometimes remove the issues that most people simply live with.
The main prevention to stop symptoms from getting worse or appearing, is to maintain a strong pelvic floor. As long as the pelvic floor is strong and the muscles are firing as they should, then it will function well and not cause any issues in day to day life. Unfortunately, we are unable to see the pelvic floor and the first warning signs that something is wrong (e.g. small leaks of urine when laughing might indicate the closing function of the pelvic floor is weakened) is often when muscle atrophy has already occurred. The good news is that with the use of kegel weights and regular exercise, the pelvic floor can respond very well and its possible to turn things around.
Most women who commit to a good pelvic floor training regime see incredible results (unless the condition is too far gone and requires some additional help with surgery). Its important to find a kegel weighted system that helps you train your pelvic floor for both strength and elasticity, which is where our guide comes in to help make sure the exercises are effective in working both slow and fast twitch muscles.
Some women will need the help of a specialised physiotherapist or pelvic floor specialist to examine them, however most women are able to help themselves when they have embarked on taking proactive action and commitment to seeing results.
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They key to correctly and effectively doing kegel exercise lies in making sure the correct muscles are targeted. This means isolating the pelvic floor whilst trying to keep other muscles such as your jaw/abs/bum relaxed.
The motion can be summarised as a squeeze and LIFT motion (the most important part). Simply squeezing is not making use of the full range of movement in the muscle so the lift is crucial which takes practise to really feel that you are doing this correctly. We cover this in great detail in our guide and provide some visualisation techniques to help make this brain to muscle connection.
Another factor to take into account is your breath and co-ordinating this with your squeeze and lift contraction. Inhale into your belly, and then exhale to empty air from your belly as you squeeze and lift your pelvic floor.
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In the vast majority of cases, yes. It is best to start using kegel weights to avoid the prolapse getting worse and requiring surgery.
(Please note that this depends on the severity and grade of the prolapse and must be checked with your doctor beforehand)
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You can use Kegel weights during pregnancy as long as there are no complications and your health practitioner is aware and happy for you to do so as every pregnancy is unique. Generally speaking, it is a great tool to get ready for labour and will help the recovery period too.
Post labour we recommend waiting until the 6-week post-partum check-up appointment to get the all clear before starting to gently train the pelvic floor.
Whilst this is fine to do in theory, we prefer to suggest that women be intentional with the use of kegel weights and spend focused exercise time really working on perfecting technique and form. This technique is discussed in greater detail in our guide and is key to the success of your exercise. Similar to if you were working out at the gym, the pelvic floor muscles fatigue as well and so its best to start slowly initially. Making sure you are able to hold the weight inside when standing up before moving onto light standing activities is best.
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