Proactive Pelvic Health Care – Start Today!
Proactive Pelvic Health Care: As the old Chinese proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” The same principle applies to your pelvic health. Whether you’re 20, 40, or 60, you can start taking care of your body now and you’ll reap the benefits going forward.
Being proactive about your pelvic health means you’ll have some work to do. But you’ll have a greater chance of avoiding painful or frustrating symptoms, and future treatments and therapies.
What Makes a Healthy Pelvic Floor?
You might be wondering what exactly you’re working toward. A healthy pelvis might feel a little harder to judge than how fast you run or how much weight you can lift. Basically, a healthy pelvic floor is one where all the muscles and organs are in good condition and working together properly. You aren’t experiencing pain or discomfort. And you don’t have other symptoms like bladder leakage or organ prolapse.
There isn’t one single cause of pelvic dysfunction. For women, childbirth and menopause may be factors. But the truth is, that anyone can suffer from pelvic health issues. So what can you do to reduce your risk?
Ways to Care for Your Pelvic Health
The best way to lower your chances of suffering from pelvic health problems is to live a healthy lifestyle. You can take a proactive approach by beginning to shift your habits toward overall healthy living. You’ll give your muscles and systems what they need to function optimally and support your body as it supports you.
Eat and drink well
Nutrition has a huge impact on your health. Start by choosing whole foods, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and good sources of fibre and quality fats. Avoid highly processed foods like chips, fast food, and overly sugary treats. Stay hydrated with plenty of water; consider jazzing it up a bit with fresh fruit or herbs, like strawberry and mint. And limit alcohol and sugar-loaded soft drinks. Simply put, fuel your body so it has what it needs every day.
You can support your pelvic health by taking care of your core fitness. When we talk about your core, we mean more than just your abs. In fact, your core involves several muscle groups, including the pelvic floor muscles, which all work together to support your internal organs. These muscles wrap around your midsection, both front and back, and attach to your spine and pelvis. Core fitness exercises work all of these muscles so your core remains balanced.
A strong core will help you avoid back pain, breathe deeper, move better, and maintain better balance and stability.
In addition to core fitness exercise, make movement a priority in your day. Regular exercise does more than just tone your muscles. You’ll see improvements in your mood, energy, and overall sense of health and wellbeing.
Get a good sleep
We hear it all the time: you need to sleep well. But the truth is, your body needs that downtime to rest and recuperate before each new day. So now is the time to create a routine that will help you maximize your sleep. Set a regular bedtime, turn off your screens at least two hours prior, and figure out the best way to help yourself wind down before you climb between the sheets. You could try an Epsom salt bath, a cup of tea, or meditation. Find what works for you.
Proactive Pelvic Health Care at Corelife Wellness
Along with your healthy lifestyle shifts, you can learn more about a proactive approach to your pelvic health by speaking with a professional. At Corelife Wellness in Oakville, we specialize in helping women and men treat pelvic dysfunction and develop and maintain ongoing pelvic health. Book a consultation today to talk to one of our staff about your next step.