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Your Weekly Lesson

Functional Pelvic Floor, Week 1

Now that you (and your client) have some important background education, this week’s videos will start working on posture training and core preparation exercises. You will soon learn how important functional core strength is in helping the pelvic floor to heal.  Keep in mind, you may want to print out your handouts to take notes on while you watch the videos.  Then you can review the first weeks rehab plan and refer to those handouts throughout the week as you implement the plan.

    Focus of the Week: Core Awareness

    You are beginning to understand the function of the abdominals and, specifically, the internal corset – the transverse abdominis (TA) muscle. This week, we are going to wake up your transverse and start systematically rebuilding it by activating it multiple times throughout the day. Most clients begin with very little awareness and even less endurance. But don’t worry, focus on consistency and this ability will quickly improve. By the end of the week, there will be more awareness of this muscle than ever before. Remember this functional core strength is essential for functional pelvic floor health so we begin here.

    What To Expect This Week:

    • Increased awareness of your transverse.
    • Increased awareness of your pelvic alignment in sitting.
    • Improvement of lower back pain.
    • Muscle soreness along the sides of your spine, love handles, and/or tummy.
    • Fatigue in the upper back with increased upright postures.
    • Improved function of the gastrointestinal tract
    • Splint restriction and frustration (but remember, it’s not forever!)