Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Back Pain

Join me, Emma Ferris, while I interview world-class pelvic floor Physiotherapist Lisa Carnie from Pelvic Solutions. In this video, we discuss why 80% of the world have back pain and how many people may not realise but a missing link to this may be pelvic floor dysfunction.

I am a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and breathing coach based in New Zealand. I teach people around the world how breathing retraining impacts your health.

Low Back Pain

Low back pain is often lumped into a one size fits all treatment and the pelvic floor is often missed.

Join Lisa and I while we discuss how:

– Pelvic floor can be weakened from childbirth, getting older, or can be too tight triggering back pain.

– Other reasons, such as uterine prolapse can cause back pain and can create a dragging feeling. These can be missed if seeing a general therapist.

– Need to assess and treat the pelvic floor to give a holistic review. If it is weak, it needs to be strengthened. If it is too tight, it needs to be relaxed.

– Learn about your pelvic floor anatomy as Lisa shows you what your muscles do. See how your pelvic floor muscles connect to the spine

– Your diaphragm and pelvic floor are teammates and if they are not working together, then that is when problems occur.

– Learn how you activate your core muscles. Spoiler alert it isn’t about sucking your belly button to spine.

– If you understand how your core works, then you can be less fearful with movement.

– Learn how smiling activates your core muscles and improves breathing.

– The deep stability system comes on when you exhale.

– Essential for training pelvic floor is learning how much activation you need for the task you are doing.

– Breathing is critical for improving pelvic floor function.

– Changing your posture can improve your breathing and pelvic floor function.

– Small things you do with your breath, posture and pelvic floor can make a big difference.

– What you do every day makes a difference instead of just doing exercises only.

– Understand how pain signals work and how you think about your pain can be changed to make changes.

– The goal should be getting people back to things that they love. What can I do!

– One critical take home is you need to fight for your health. Figure out your why

– There are multiple subgroups of back pain and not a one size fits all model.

– The body is a healing machine.

– Simple things make a difference.

– Posture, breathing, mindset and movement are all linked.

To learn more about what Lisa does go to https://www.pelvicsolutions.co.nz/

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