Now that we know a bit more about what DR is and some of the non-pregnancy-related causes after reading Part 1, lets look at how we can start to resolve or prevent DR through our daily movement habits. While the following activities and movements do not necessarily cause harm on their own, it is the accumulation and combination of excessive and non aligned pressure over time that can contribute to DR. Becoming aware of the following points is a non-negotiable component of any
Recently I shared a post on Instagram and Facebook that got such an amazing response, I just wanted to share it here too in case you didn't see it. I think it is such an important message, and although I touch on the topic in my eBook, there is so much left unsaid about the emotional and psychological challenges of letting go of your abdominal tension. Thanks to everyone for their feedback and for spreading the word on 'letting it go' and self-love by sharing it with their fr
Recently I had an awesome chat with my friend Jessie Mundell from Calgary, Canada. She is a fantastic perinatal fitness and lifestyle coach, is a new mum herself and an all round great person. Jessie had some really good (and challenging) questions for me from the women that she works with, and we ended up talking for 50 minutes (!) covering a ton of pregnancy and pelvic floor related information including: My thoughts on kegels and daily pelvic floor exercises Diastasis Rect
I realise that I've been going on and on about tight and shortened pelvic floor muscles, but what does that really mean? Let me enlighten you!
Muscles have a very specific length that allows them to function optimally according to a length-tension (strength) relationship. Length-Tension Relationship* This demonstrates that a muscle that is too short or too long has a decreased ability to contract compared to when it is within it's optimal range. Ever tried to do a pullup? I
Recently I have been asked by the American Recall Centre (who supplied the infographic above) to write about Osteoporosis, in order to help increase awareness about this all too common condition. While not directly a pelvic health-related topic, it is something I am very passionate about and you can't have health of one without the other! The current statistics show that 1 in 2 women over the age of 50, and 1 in 4 men will experience a fracture due to osteoporosis, with 25% o
Just recently I had the opportunity to have a booth and do a presentation at the Utopia Women's Wellness event in Brisbane. It was a really fun day where I got to meet lots of new people from Brisbane (and all over Queensland) and continue raising awareness about women's pelvic health. In case you couldn't make it to the event (because you happen to live in Canada or some such far-away location), I'd like to share my talk with you on Youtube Pelvic Floor Essentials - What Eve
Because the pelvic floor muscles perform so many different and vital functions, when things are going wrong, it can manifest in many different ways. Unfortunately, that little bit of sneeze-pee that happens every now and then is an indication that your pelvic floor muscles are not functioning as well as they should and it does increase your risk of other, more serious pelvic floor issues later on. It is rare that pelvic floor issues resolve on their own, and without any inter