Pelvic Health Quick Tips

Pelvic Health Quick Tips

by Dr. Jasmine Evans

In honor of Women's Health Month this May, Mettler Center thought it would be a great idea to provide quick tips regarding healthy pelvic floor habits. 

  1. Do your Kegels
    Most women have heard of the popular Kegel exercise. However, many do not know how to perform Kegels or their importance for maintaining proper pelvic floor function.
     
  2. Do not hover over the toilet
    Hovering over the toilet can put a lot of stress on your pelvic floor structures. When using the restroom, rest. Allow your muscles to relax by actually sitting on the toilet seat rather than squatting over it.
     
  3. Do drink water
    Many people with incontinence try to restrict their daily fluid intake. However, this is not an effective treatment. In fact, concentrated urine, due to lack of proper hydration, can actually be a bladder irritant. It is recommended that a person with an average BMI consume 6-8 8 oz. glasses of fluid per day.
     
  4. Do not rush to the bathroom
    When urinary urgency occurs, remain calm and don’t allow your fear of not making it to the bathroom control your actions. If this is a common problem for you, it is important to discuss with a physical therapist, how you can develop proper urge suppression techniques.
     
  5. Do ask for help when needed
    If you notice increased urinary frequency, urgency, or involuntarily loss of urine, please don’t hesitant to talk with your primary healthcare provider or a physical therapist to address these issues.

If you would like to start the discussion schedule a free consultation with Dr. Jasmine Evan DPT or submit your question to Ask an Expert. More information on pelvic floor physical therapy at Mettler Center.