We initially make sure the pelvic floor muscles are correctly recruited along with the abdominal cylinder, back and scapula muscles, encouraging ideal movement patterns. We may use mirrors, real-time ultrasound biofeedback, and cognitive functional therapy. We want you to initially understand the correct motor control pattern of the pelvic floor muscles and how they interplay with the ‘core’ muscles of the abdomen, back and diaphragm. This session or sessions is referred to as Prep for Pilates.
Women can then partake in pelvic floor safe Pilates in our exercise studio either one on one or in groups. Our vision is all women enjoy pelvic floor fitness and optimal recruitment of spinal stability muscles for pregnancy, bladder, bowel and back health.
Did you know? It is important to remember that you are not alone if you have incontinence issues.
- 4.8 million Australians suffer from incontinence
- 65% of women and 30% of men sitting in a GP waiting room have some form of incontinence
- 70% of people with urinary leakage do not seek advice and treatment for their problem
- 1 in 3 Australian women suffer from urinary incontinence
- 43% of subjects with incontinence and prolapse depressed their pelvic floor on ultrasound when instructed to lift (straining strategy)
- A recent study from the Continence Foundation of Australia “Young mums risking pelvic floor health” looked at 1000 mums and mums-to–be found that despite being in a high risk category for developing incontinence, 98% failed to do the daily recommended level of pelvic floor exercises, 42% of women felt their doctor or nurse did not adequately inform them during their pregnancy about pelvic floor muscle exercises