Core Rehabilitation for Everyone: Abdomen and Pelvic Floor

The core is the muscles around your pelvis, hips, and abdomen that you use in most body movements [1]. Although now, people are increasingly aware of the importance of abdominal work to maintain good physical health, but still do not work well in the rest of the core, such as in the pelvic floor musculature or the Psoas muscle in the hip, which both men and women should train and maintain in the best condition possible since it is essential for good posture, prevents different injuries and to have a strong muscle base to do any type of sport. Because that, not only people with pelvic floor disorders: urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and sexual dysfunctions [2,3], who should train their pelvic floor to rehabilitate it, the pelvic floor muscles need to be much stronger in elite athletes than in other people. There is a need for more basic research on the pelvic floor muscle function during physical activity and the effect of pelvic floor muscle training in elite athletes [4,5].

There are too many methods and exercises for working properly with our core rehab, almost all of them have very good results but unfortunately not one is 100 percent efficient for everyone, so there is an importantance to start your rehabilitation with the advise of a professional who can introduce to you to the right technique of the pelvic floor bodywork. The best methods for this currently are Pilates, Hypopressive Gymnastic, Kegel and other “propioception” exercises and the new P5 method which is coming from France [3].

A good number of clinics and professionals are learning and working today for building the perfect combination with these methods so they can offer their clients the best information and results. Do you want to learn more? Contact our Physiotherapists for advice or book an appointment online.

1. Prevalence of Symptomatic Pelvic Floor Disorders in US Women. By: Ingrid Nygaard, Matthew D. Barber, et als.
2. Pelvic Floor Involvement in Male and Female Sexual Dysfunction and the Role of Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation in Treatment: A Literature Review. By: Talli Yehuda Rosenbaum.
3. Pelvic floor function in elite nulliparous athletes. By J. A. KRUGER, H. P. DIETZ† and B. A. MURPHY.
4. Urinary incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction, exercise and sport. By: The Norwegian University of Sport and Physical Education, Oslo.