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The word prolapse simply describes the dropping or shifting of an internal organ from its correct position. If the prolapse is of the pelvic organs (bladder, urethra, bowel, rectum, uterus, vagina), it can affect the function and control of your bowel and bladder. You can read more in this article, Types of Prolapse
However, some exercises can improve and prevent the condition and others that add further stress, making the problem worse. Therefore, it’s essential to understand the effects of particular exercises and why they may be a help or a hindrance.
The pelvic floor muscle is key
Supporting the pelvic organs is the pelvic floor, a sling of muscle that attaches to the pubic bone at the front and the coccyx at the back. When this muscle becomes weak or damaged, the support it provides for the organs can be compromised, allowing one or more of them to droop, which in turn, can pull other organs out of place.
Why does the pelvic floor become weak?
Like all muscles, if it’s not exercised, it will become weaker over time.
Other causes of prolapse include:
Exercises that can cause or worsen a prolapse
It makes sense that if downward straining has weakened the pelvic floor, exercises that place the same kind of strain can further weaken the muscle. These include:
Exercises to prevent or improve a prolapse
Strengthening your pelvic floor muscle will eventually allow you to do more strenuous exercise, but in the meantime, take it easy as doing too much too soon, could cause further damage.
Seek professional advice
If you suspect a prolapse, you must see your doctor to get a full assessment and treatment that’s best suited to your circumstances, which could include an insert, exercise or surgery.
And if you’re struggling with the pelvic floor exercises, ask your doctor for a referral to a continence physiotherapist who’ll be able to assist you with the correct technique as well as tailor an exercise program to suit your needs and preferences.
In addition to causing a prolapse, a weak pelvic floor can reduce your ability to ‘hold on’ when you have the urge to urinate, pass wind or a bowel motion. If you are experiencing any involuntary leakage, you may feel more comfortable with the security of an absorbent, disposable product while you’re getting your pelvic floor back into shape.
The TENA range includes super small TENA Liners, an extensive range of TENA Pads and TENA Pants that looks and feel just like regular underwear. All are designed to handle the thinner, faster flow of a weak bladder to keep you dry and odour-free.
Check out the TENA Product Finder Tool, and Free Samples to find the product that best suits your needs.
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