Women don’t have to put up with a weak pelvic floor
One in three women over the age of 40 have some degree of urinary incontinence – leaking when we cough, sneeze or lift the groceries. It’s upsetting and can stop women exercising as well as affecting them socially and psychologically.
But we shouldn’t have to live with bladder leaks, bowel disfunction or pain. Leaking may be common when we cough or sneeze but it’s not normal and there’s almost always something we can do about it through movement, nutrition and stress management.
And it’s wanting to get that message out to women that led me down this route after
I qualified as a physio 25 years ago. I started in sports medicine, working with football teams and elite athletes, but when I had a baby 18 years ago I didn’t have a great experience and that’s what started me on my journey into women’s health.
I was introduced to
Holistic Core Restore (holisticcorerestore.com) and was so impressed with their programme of pelvic-floor and core fitness exercises, along with nutrition, that I become a clinical consultant for them. I oversee the material the coaches teach and advise women at all life stages, including pregnancy, postnatal and menopause. I also teach, lecture and mentor all over the world, including America, Canada and Australia.
When you sign up to a six-week HCR programme, you are assigned a coach near to you who takes you through the exercise classes. Most women notice huge improvement in bladder
control within 12 weeks – complete regain of control for some women and substantial improvement for the rest.
Even if you do end up needing surgery for a bladder or bowel issue, the better shape you are going into it the better your outcome.
Michelle Lyons, 46, is a women’s health physio from County Westmeath, Ireland