When it comes to training the pelvic floor muscles, it’s vital that we take stock and think about the flexibility aspect of this musculature, particularly in relation to our pregnant clients.
With many of us sitting down for the majority of our day (not just pregnant clients here), and choosing this position for ‘comfort’, it’s starting to affect the very functions of our pelvic floor muscles.
How are you sitting right now reading this?
Are you sat with your feet flat on the floor, knees hip-distance with a neutral pelvis?
What’s ‘neutral’ in chair-sitting?
Well, that’s where your hip bones (ASIS = hip bones at the front of your pelvis) are directly above the pubic bone (PS = pubis symphysis)?
NB – If you place your hand in your lower back here, it should be ‘concave’, not ‘convex’.
Or, did you notice, you have a tendency to sit on your coccyx with your tailbone tucked under and your hip bones way backwards?
Flat arse syndrome, anyone?
Now, with this information in mind, think about the origin and insertion points of the pelvic floor.
They run from sit bone to sit bone (I describe this as East and West) and also pubic bone to sacrum (North and South).
If our clients sit constantly on their tailbone, they’re basically creating less distance between the pubic bone and sacrum, aren’t they?
Remember: the body conforms to the positions you most often place it in…
….and that my folks is how a lot of misalignment and dysfunction occurs.
I cover the reasons WHY clients need to focus more on movement-based pelvic floor exercise…
…and adopt a full-body approach to fixing pelvic floor dysfunction also.
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Doors to my Your Pelvic Matters online teacher training programme will open again in October 2018.
The Your Pelvic Matters online exercise program is for exercise, fitness, movement, Yoga, Pilates, Personal Trainers, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths already serving pregnant and postnatal women.
Not only will it address dysfunction in your clients – you’ll learn a tonne about your own body as you work through the materials.