Fiona McGoldrick, Women’s Health Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, Caledonian University, Glasgow
From pregnancy to menopause and beyond there is pressure on women to maintain fitness levels, and rightly so. Exercise can control weight, raise self-esteem, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, cancers, heart disease and so on. So what’s stopping us?
Pelvic dysfunction e.g. incontinence or prolapse are often reasons why people reduce activity. This in turn can lead to an overall de-conditioning of muscles including those of the pelvic floor. The increase weight that may result has been shown to worsen symptoms thus perpetuating the cycle.
With so much choice, choosing the most suitable exercise for your body is key. Certain types of activities, particularly high impact, can pose a challenge to the pelvic floor, e.g. downhill running which can exert a downward force of as much as 7 times body weight! An individual’s capability and suitability need to be considered. Factors such as core strength, posture, breathing pattern and rest phases all impact on the effectiveness and benefits of any exercise.
It is possible to remain active and reap the benefits of exercise. With an assessment by a Specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist an appropriate pelvic floor training program and guidance on suitable exercise.
Six weekly sessions of physio led exercise classes designed to help women understand the importance of pelvic floor muscles, what factors may impact on their function and to how to best optimize their strength and condition.
Suitable for women pre or post gynae surgery, have pelvic floor dysfunction e.g. prolapse or incontinence and have an interest in learning how to optimize their pelvic floor function and core strength.
Spaces limited to a maximum of six to enable individual attention.
Each class of 1hr duration comprising of an initial discussion on a weekly theme e.g. locating and engaging the pelvic floor, relevance of posture, the effect of exercise on pelvic floor health, understanding the impact of heavy lifting, weight gain and diet on the pelvic floor. This is followed by a physio led exercise programme.
When/where- Physiotherapy gym every Thursday at 10
Participants will have an opportunity to (discreetly) discuss individual concerns and an onward referral to Womens health physio can be arranged if required.
Cost 120 euros x 6 weeks
Contact Fiona McGoldrick on 056-7775173