The Continence Foundation of Australia has developed an incredibly useful free app for women.
The app provides examples of exercises that are pelvic floor safe and exercises to avoid if you have a weak or dysfunctional pelvic floor muscles. This is not only useful for people that are having symptoms of pelvic floor weakness, it is great for anyone wishing to use their core properly in their exercise regime.
The app has a series of workouts designed by Physiotherapist and fitness leader Lisa Westlake with both visual and verbal instructions to guide you through the exercises.
In clinical practice I find The Pelvic Floor First app a valuable adjunct to pelvic floor physiotherapy. In particular I recommend the app to pregnant or post natal women returning to exercise. I treat many women who are keen to continue exercise during pregnancy or in the post natal period but are not sure which are the best exercises for protecting their pelvic floor muscles.
The app provides a wide range of exercises for all fitness levels, to ensure people enjoy the benefits of a total body work out that also looks after their pelvic floor muscles.
Please note, if you are experiencing any symptoms of pelvic floor weakness (bladder or bowel leakage, vaginal heaviness or bulging, pelvic or lower back pain, pre or post pregnancy) it is important to have a consultation with a pelvic floor physiotherapist to ensure your exercise program is suited to your individual needs.
If you have any questions regarding the Pelvic Floor First app please speak to Kiera Hannigan, Clifton Hill Physiotherapy’s pelvic floor specialist physiotherapist.
Kiera is a pelvic floor physiotherapist and clinical Pilates instructor with a keen interest in helping men and women across all ranges of fitness and life stages perform effective and pelvic floor safe exercises as part of their general fitness and rehabilitation.