You’ve signed up to your weekly fitness class, put on your performance running shoes and have your favourite sports bra on. Are you neglecting the most impacted part of your body while you exercise?
Inadequate support of the core muscles, pelvic floor, lower back and spine can cause irreversible damage, chronic pain and increased risk of injury.
1 in 3 women suffers from pelvic dysfunction. Among those considered most affected are:
- Professional athletes who partake in high impact sport such as gymnasts, runners or long jumpers.
- Pregnant women, post-pregnant women, or those who have given birth at any stage of their life.
- Women who are experiencing menopause, or have already experienced menopause.
- Women who have had gynecological surgery, e.g. a hysterectomy.
Additional risk factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing pelvic floor problems include:
- A history of back pain
- Previous trauma to the pelvic region, such as a fall or pelvic radiotherapy
- Chronic cough or sneeze (e.g. due to asthma, smoking or hayfever)
- Being overweight, or having a BMI above 25
- Heavy lifting on a regular basis – either at work or at the gym