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Exercising with a Pelvic Organ Prolapse

So you've been diagnosed with a pelvic organ prolapse and want to continue exercising but have no idea where to turn for help? Or maybe you've been told weight loss may assist in the management of your prolapse. The diagnosis of a pelvic organ prolapse can be a scary and confronting time for many women. Often women have many unanswered questions and are unsure about treatments available to help improve the condition.

We here at The Movement Therapy Group are here to help you. We are here to answer your questions. We understand the problems you may be facing and we’re here to guide you along a path to improved health and well being.

While prevention is better than a cure, there are many treatments available to improve symptoms and avoid an exacerbation of the prolapse. Research shows early intervention with pelvic floor muscle training and lifestyle changes can significantly improve the quality of life for women with a prolapse. Even in the more advanced stages specific individually tailored exercises can improve your confidence to complete daily tasks. Here at The Movement Therapy Group we also offer education on lifestyle modification, and teach you about small changes to your daily life which can reduce prolapse symptoms.

What are the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse?

  • A heavy, dragging, or bulging feeling
  • A feeling of fullness, pressure or pain
  • Difficulty emptying bowels or constipation
  • Painful sexual intercourse, or a lack of sensation during intercourse
  • A weak urine stream, or difficulty emptying your bladder completely
  • Reoccurring urinary tract infections
  • Persistent low back pain

Women will often find symptoms of a prolapse worsen throughout the day, especially with prolonged standing or walking. If you think you may have a prolapse it is best to speak to your GP/Gynaecologist or a Women’s Health Physiotherapist to be properly diagnosed. They can also advise you if a pessary is appropriate for you.

So your Doctor or Gynaecologist has said you have a prolapse, what does this mean? Pelvic organ prolapse comes in various types and stages, with Stage 1 being the earliest stage and Stage 5 the most advanced. The types of prolapse are anterior wall (cystyocele where the bladder prolapses in to the vagina), posterior wall (enterocele or rectocele where the bowel or intestine prolapses in to the vagina), vaginal vault (occurs after a hysterectomy), or uterine prolapse.

After the diagnosis of a prolapse many women are unsure of what exercises they can complete without worsening their prolapse. But it’s not all doom and gloom. An individually designed exercise program created by an Accredited Exercise Physiologists can help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and allow you to keep exercising safely. There are some exercises which should be avoided, but there are still lots and lots of exercises that can be completed safely. Depending on your goals and exercise preferences we can make a program perfect for you.  Australian GP doctors recommend exercise and a healthy diet are included in the management of prolapse as excess weight will worsen the prolapse. Curious to learn more? We’d love to meet you and teach you how exercise can improve your prolapse symptoms and allow you to achieve your health and fitness goals.

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Our passionate team includes a Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Holistic Nutritionist and Massage Therapist. We love what we do and helping our clients get back to what they love. Call us on 0437 953 377 or 03 9010 5615 to book an appointment.