The pelvic floor is a part of a deep system that connects us from our head to tips of our toes. This deep system stabilizes and aligns us. So, let's recategorize incontinence or Pelvic organ prolapse or hip and back pain as a sign, that this system is not working well, rather than just the weakness of pelvic floor muscles. And hence, it's not ideal to just simply remove one part of the system, strengthen it, and expect it to properly fit back together with the rest because it is stronger now ( Kegels for Pelvic floor).
Pregnancy posture affects this deep system because every part of this system during pregnancy changes alignment to make room for the baby. Unfortunately, most postpartum women with their pregnancy alignment are advised to do Kegel and abdominal work. I often hear from them that Kegels don't usually work or they are not easy to do. It is not easy at all because in that posture there is less connection and access to the entire deep system. The first step is to find what is there in your current alignment that is not allowing the connection and access. If all the parts of this deep system are well stacked, the strength of one part can be amplified by the contraction of other parts. It's important to use this ability of this system to work as a team to recover from postpartum symptoms. Addressing this deep system will bring the steadiness and connection that pregnant and postpartum women lack. This will give the foundation to build muscle strength. If you are stable and steady at the center, the superficial muscles will be much more efficient because they are not doing the stability job, they can just help you move. Derive stability from inside and use superficial muscles for efficient movement. Finally reinforce this with fitness!
Fitness involves a coordinated movement of the upper and lower half of the body, this isolated hold pattern of endlessly tightening the Transverse abdominis (popular core) and pelvic floor muscles (Kegel) provide increased support but also restricts movement and breathing. This solution of stability is not as dynamic as your needs. If we want a more dynamic and still stable system, we need to rely on
the entire deep system.
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