Let me tell you a little secret: Kegels JUST aren’t enough to fix your prolapse. All or us are victims of gravity. Feeling too embarrassed to discuss the pressure of something protruding at the vaginal entrance? Worried because your mother and your grandmother have told you about theirs? Experience constipation? Considering a Bladder suspension surgery? You need to keep reading. 50% of women who have had a pregnancy will develop a prolapse. The incidence is higher if you’ve had a longer 2nd stage of labour. If you’ve had a surgery to fix your prolapse, there is a 50% risk that your prolapse will return.
Simply put, a prolapse occurs when the bladder or the rectum are lacking the support they require to maintain their ideal position, essentially they are sagging onto the vaginal wall. A feeling like the bladder or rectum is protruding out the vaginal entrance is the resulting experience. Prolapse of the uterus can occur also, if it descends from it’s optimal position down towards the vaginal entrance.
At the bottom of our pelvis there is a group of muscles called the pelvic floor.
These muscles provide an enormous support to the pelvic organs. When the pelvic floor muscles are strong they hold the organs in place. Wait there’s more… the abdominal pressure above your organs is another significant component. The pressure aspect encompasses many different factors: your back posture and your abdominal wall muscle activity are some to mention.
For those with pelvic floor weakness, pelvic floor strengthening is the answer.
But hold on, if it were that easy… why is prolapse so common, everyone knows about kegel exercises. Researchers had the same question, and what research found is:
It’s hard to do a proper kegel!
You can’t even see your pelvic floor! That’s why the medical guidelines state that kegel exercises should be confirmed by a vaginal assessment and suggest a certified Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist. In the meantime, to help your prolapse, avoiding crunches and lifting are a good place to start.
At Core Restore Physiotherapy + Pelvic Health we have 4 very highly credentialed, specialized Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists. Your prolapse won’t go away if you ignore it. We are experts at finding and treating what is leading to your prolapse – say “goodbye” to prolapse, and “hello” to the support your pelvic organs deserve.
Emily Adams, Hons.BSc., MSc.P.T. – Registered Physiotherapist
Emily is a highly motivated physiotherapist, who is committed to providing high quality physiotherapy care for patients on a personalized, one-to- one basis. Emily earned an Honors Bachelor of Science and graduated with a Masters degree in Physiotherapy from Queens University. Emily’s interest in pelvic health began at Queens when she completed her Masters thesis in Pelvic Floor research. Emily spent her early career practicing sports orthopaedics.
A mother of 2 wonderful children, Emily’s experiences in pregnancy and health care encouraged her to pursue extensive training in pelvic health, diastasis recti, pelvic-floor dysfunction and pelvic girdle pain. She has received training from some of the most highly regarded Physiotherapists in the field, including experts from Canada, the U.S., Australia and Holland.