Pelvic Floor Training: a kegel just doesn’t cut it
Pelvic floor issues are much more common than people realize.
If you’re an athlete or fitness enthusiast and you’re ignoring your symptoms because you think you can’t bring them up in a training environment, you need to reconsider and find a trainer who knows what to do.
There is so much that can be done to directly influence pelvic floor health even in a training environment and it never has to make you feel uncomfortable or like you need to stop exercising.
Performing kegels without assessing multiple other categories of your health is not a good idea.
A kegel just doesn’t cut it and it can be dangerous if it’s not in sync with what you need.
Everyone is different.
There are many ways that pelvic floor problems can manifest.
With more complicated issues you need much more precise and detailed training.
Often times pelvic floor rehabilitation efforts fail because just voluntarily contracting the pelvic floor does not improve the reflexive nature of it.
Other closely related systems and structures need to be considered for optimal long lasting results.
Here are some of the most important:
- the vestibular system
- the tongue
- respiratory diaphragm
- visceral organs
- spinal mobility
- the vagus nerve
Voluntary contraction and relaxation of the pelvic floor is important but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Training must progress to more functional positions based on how you intend to use your body, rather than just performing exercises lying down.
Our brains interpretation of gravitational force changes based on position and when you compare results of laying down to seated, standing or even moving they can be different!
Assessment is everything.
Eventually pelvic floor drills need to be integrated into specific positions and even walking.
For athletes, sports that require being under high loads at end range of motion or stretching under high loads, such as gymnastics and ballet dancing, have a higher rate of pelvic floor dysfunction associated with the sport.
Triathletes and cyclists also seem to fit into this category.
But honestly, all athletes at some point usually need some level of training in some or all of the related categories.
Taylor Kruse is dedicated to empowering you with the truth and tools for improved health and performance.
His inspiration stems from more than 10 years of education and coaching through systems like Zhealth Performance, The Burdenko Method, and various movement practices.
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