Is “I just pee’d a little” the new badge of honour among women that certifies an honest hearty laughter? Most women think it’s just part of having a baby. Leaking a little after having a baby, while common, is NOT normal. In fact, Urinary Incontinence (leakage of urine) is no laughing matter, and having incontinence during or after pregnancy is a strong predictor that you will experience incontinence again in the next 10-15 years.
Keep reading, because we want you to know: this is something you can fix NOW!
At the bottom of our pelvis we have a group of muscles called the pelvic floor. These muscles get little press, but play an enormous roll to our overall health and function. In fact ~80% of chronic low back pain is related to a pelvic floor problem. When there is weakness in the pelvic floor muscles, urinary incontinence is one sign. When the pelvic floor muscles are strong and supportive they essentially close the hose. The pelvic floor squeezes tight the hose (the urethra) to prevent any leakage. For those with pelvic floor weakness, pelvic floor strengthening is the answer.
But hold on, if it were that easy why is leaking so common?
…everyone knows about Kegel exercises, don’t they? Researchers had the same question. What research found was that it’s hard to do a proper kegel. You can’t see your pelvic floor, and if you’ve ever had back pain, pelvic pain, pregnancy, abdominal surgery or laparoscopy there’s a good chance you had a change to your pelvic floor activation. The gold standard of medical guidelines now indicates that Kegel exercises should be confirmed by a vaginal assessment with a certified and specialized Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.
The Gold Standard of medical guidelines now indicates that Kegel exercises should be confirmed by a vaginal assessment with a certified Pelvic Floor Specialist.
At Core Restore Physiotherapy + Pelvic Health, our specialized Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists are experts at teaching you how to do a proper Kegel, activating the front to back and left to right of your pelvic floor.
We can improve your pelvic health, and your laughs, sneezes and coughs – dry again!
Emily Adams, Hons.BSc., MSc.P.T. – Registered Physiotherapist and owner of Core Restore.
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.