Sit-ups, planks, burpees, tons of cardio, barre, Pilates, CrossFit and/or HIIT routines…? 💦
Actually, (and according to research-based studies) your body recovers faster when you -first- strengthen from the inside out.
This may mean doing exercises that feel so gentle, you may not feel like you are exercising at all. 🧘
After having a baby👶, focusing on regaining strength, endurance and coordination of your pelvic floor muscles, in combination with your deep trunk muscles, is a MUST.
Being able to properly engage your pelvic floor muscles means you will reduce your risk for so many issues down the road (or current ones), like abdominal muscle separation (#diastasis), bladder leakage when exercising, coughing, laughing and sneezing, prolapse and painful or unsatisfying intercourse.
Wow! Who knew that not sweating profusely 💦 could have such a huge impact on post-baby recovery!!💃
If you are planning on starting an exercise program or gym routine – PLEASE – get a pelvic floor exam first and coordinate care with a pelvic floor physical therapist. 🌺
Cora T. Huitt, PT, DPT, BCB-PMD
~Thirty seven years of clinical practice, specializing in women's health for fifteen years.
~BS Degree in Allied Health Professions, Ohio State University, '72.
~Master of Arts in College Teaching (MACT) focus in Physical Therapy & Therapeutic Exercise, University of North Carolina, '76.
~ Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Alabama State University, 2010
~Attended multiple courses offered in Women's Health Physical Therapy, including Pelvic 1, 2, 3 Course in Women's Health Section APTA.
~Member of VPTA and APTA, Women's Health Section.
~BCIA-PMDB Biofeedback- Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback.
~Certified Pilates instructor, ProHealth.
~Affiliate member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
~Member of International Continence Society.
~Member of National Vulvodynia Association.
~Adjunct Clinical Faculty for student affiliation at multiple universities.
~Director of APTA Women's Health Residency since 2007, credentialed in 2008. (only other residency at Duke Unviersity)
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