Maybe you have been using exercise as a stress reliever or have gotten a head start on your New Year’s exercise goals. OR maybe you are like me and between the cold weather, gym closures, and change in schedule, you have started to slack on your exercise routine. Either way, your pelvic floor could be affected!
Advancing your exercise routine or trialing a new mode of exercise (while encouraged) can place increased stress on your body. If your pelvic floor is not coordinated or strong enough for the new jumping, heavy lifting, or extended running activities you are engaging in, your body will likely tell you about it. This could be experienced through symptoms such as exercise-induced urinary incontinence, hip and/or low back pain, or even exacerbation of pelvic organ prolapse. **If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, reach out to your physical therapist for assistance in properly advancing your exercise routine!**
Decreasing your exercise levels (or forgetting to keep up your physical therapy homework) could lead to setbacks in strength gains. Besides the associated urinary symptoms (incontinence, prolapse, hip/pelvic/back) that may be experienced, our digestive system is also affected. Movement stimulates our gastro-intestinal tract. Without proper stimulation, we may experience increased constipation and stress on our pelvic floor.