Why Pelvic Health Matters
Pelvic health problems in high-performance athletes are common, but often go unrecognized or ignored. Bladder leakage (urinary incontinence) is a common condition among athletes who train in high-impact or ballistic sports and activities. Pelvic organ prolapse is another condition which can be worsened with poor exercise technique and muscular function. As well, muscular dysfunction in the pelvic floor muscles can contribute to muscle imbalances for the core muscles of the abdomen and spine, and can be a factor in common complaints such as back pain, soft tissue strains, abdominal weakness, diastasis rectus abdominis (abdominal separation) and other physical impairments.
During exercise, symptoms like pelvic pain, leakage, and bulging/pressure are like the ’alarm bells’ for the pelvic floor muscles. When we have overexerted in an activity, these symptom bells ring as a way of letting us know. In other words, when we have exceeded our pelvic floor’s ability to efficiently execute a movement or exercise, the signs are there. The pelvic floor, along with its surrounding support structures can be properly evaluated and addressed as part of an integrated care plan at PHYSELITE. For those who are symptom-free, preventative care can be accessed through FACET (Female Athlete Core Evaluation & Treatment) sessions.