Holistic Pelvic Care and how it can help tighten your vagina after childbirth, helping you feel back to normal.
You’ve done the hard bit; carried your little one for nine months, went through childbirth and are now adapting as best you can to motherhood.
Something isn’t feeling quite right however. Doctors say that everything has returned to normal ‘down there’ but it’s still not feeling like it used to. You have probably been told to do your pelvic floor exercises, but you’re not quite sure if you’re doing them right or you often forget.
The worry around having a loose vagina plays on the minds of most new mums. Not only is sex not feeling quite like it used to and you may be feeling self-conscious, but you are also worried that you will go on to develop other complications such as urinary leakage or prolapse (reproductive organs beginning to descend towards the vaginal opening and sometimes outside the vagina) due to lack of support from the pelvic floor muscles, which are the muscles which keep your vagina feeling tight and your organs supported. The main cause of stress urinary incontinence (that’s wetting yourself a little when you cough, sneeze or giggle) is childbirth and the
resulting effects on the pelvic floor. New mummies just aren’t taking the proper care to make sure they remain toned and healthy in their most intimate area.
The pelvic floor is made up of a group of muscles that acts like a hammock; supporting the reproductive organs, keeping everything where it needs to be so nothing heads too far south! These muscles are very powerful and are designed to tighten back to normal in the weeks after childbirth.
Significant changes happen to the pelvic floor during pregnancy and labour. It is hardly surprising that after a baby has travelled down through the vagina, that everything is feeling a little loose, after all that stretching it goes through and the effects of hormones, such as relaxin. There isn’t enough of an emphasis on decent self-care before, during and after pregnancy which is potentially why our pelvic floors are left weakened, loose and struggling to get back to normal. Our sedentary lifestyles do not help either; hours of sitting and lack of exercise means that the pelvic floor is usually in a chronically weakened state before we even become pregnant.
There are a number of reasons why problems with the pelvic floor exist after childbirth; often childbirth can progress too quickly causing trauma to the pelvic floor, or medical intervention can leave the pelvic floor physically traumatised. Women tend not to be going into childbirth with sufficiently strong pelvic floor muscles in the first place which impacts on the problem further. Many women forget to do their pelvic floor exercises or are unsure how to do them in the first place. And what with a new baby to look after, pelvic floor exercises and self-care sink further down their list of priorities.
The French government seems to have the right idea. They offer new mums a series of pelvic care sessions, known as ‘perineal re-education’, with a women’s health physiotherapist to help strengthen and tighten their pelvic floor. This service is free as they acknowledge the necessity of good post-natal care to the pelvic floor.
The benefits of a strong pelvic floor after childbirth include a reduced risk of developing stress urinary incontinence and organ prolapse, increased sexual pleasure for you and your partner, less complications in future pregnancies, and a general feeling of everything having returned back to normal.
Holistic Pelvic Care is a gentle but powerful treatment that combines a variety of physical techniques to help strengthen, tone and tighten the pelvic floor. It is an internal treatment, targeting the pelvic floor muscles directly. Techniques such as myofascial release, massage and trigger point therapy are all used to strengthen the pelvic floor post childbirth. During a Holistic Pelvic Care treatment, an assessment of the pelvic floor muscles takes place to find out just how strong they are before the treatment, and then hands-on work to the muscles themselves. Women often notice the effects immediately, leaving the appointment with increased tone, feeling tighter and better about their situation. The treatment helps to increase blood flow to the muscles and organs in the pelvis, helps heal trauma, and supports in getting everything back to normal.
After the treatment, you will be talked through how to do your own vaginal/pelvic self-care at home so that you can continue to see greater effects.
There is no need for dildo-like contraptions or hours of pelvic floor exercises. It is a method you can learn yourself on the assessment appointment, and continue by yourself in the comfort of your own home.
Pelvic floor exercises (or Kegel) will only get you so far in my opinion having worked with a number of women post-natally. If there has been some trauma to the pelvic floor, or even if there was chronic weakness and stagnation in the pelvis, no amount of pelvic floor exercises will tone the pelvic floor muscles, as engagement of them becomes more tricky. Deeper work into the muscle and fascia itself in the form of a Holistic Pelvic Care session, enables the release of stagnation, increases blood flow and enables greater toning of the muscles, making pelvic floor exercises more effective.
Just as you can’t use an overstrained shoulder muscle very well without a decent amount of massage, the same goes for the pelvic floor.
Take action for your pelvic floor today, in order to get it toned, strong and working at it’s optimum. Call Helen on 078544 35719 or email her: [email protected]