Exercises After Hysterectomy Series – Seated Core Swiss Ball Routine
Exercises after hysterectomy can help to promote hysterectomy recovery and return to activity and fitness. These Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist seated Swissball exercises provide women with information on appropriate and safe core exercises after a hysterectomy.
The gentle core exercises demonstrated are designed for the information of women returning to exercise after abdominal hysterectomy or after vaginal hysterectomy, and women having had previous prolapse surgery.
This video is the second in our series on exercises after hysterectomy designed to promote women’s understanding of safe exercises after hysterectomy. For more exercises after hysterectomy refer to video No. 1 Abdominal Exercises After Hysterectomy
Video duration: 9 minutes
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Core Exercises Video Suitability
This exercise video is suited to most women with after receiving approval from their medical specialist to return to general exercises. Some women with poor balance, mobility or musculoskeletal problems may not be able to perform regular exercises on a fitball. The exercises demonstrated can also be performed seated on a chair for women with poor balance who lack confidence sitting on a fitball.
Women who may benefit from these pelvic floor safe abdominal core exercises include:
- Women with weak pelvic floor muscles;
- Women after hysterectomy recovery;
- Women after prolapse surgery recovery; and
- Women after childbirth.
Important: always ensure you have obtained the approval of your medical specialist to recommence exercise before commencing this or any exercise program after hysterectomy or pelvic prolapse surgery.
Benefits of Exercises After Hysterectomy
The exercises in this video are very gentle deep abdominal core activation and control exercises. These core exercises after hyseterectomy are designed to:
- Improve posture after hysterectomy;
- Improve deep abdominal muscle control;
- Improve the tone of the lower abdominal region;
- Promote control of the spine; and
- Provide women with information regarding pelvic floor safe abdominal exercises after hysterectomy that avoid pelvic floor and internal wound strain.
Core Exercises Video Content
Core exercises after hysterectomy video demonstrates:
- How to find and activate the deep abdominal muscles correctly in sitting position;
- Posture exercise in sitting;
- Arm reach seated on fitball;
- Heel dig seated on fitball; and
- Knee lift seated on the fitball.
The core abdominal exercises demonstrated in this video are provided with graduated progressions for women as their core muscle control improves.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR, Michelle Kenway
Michelle Kenway is a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist and author of Inside Out – the Essential Women’s Guide to Pelvic Support, along with Dr Judith Goh Urogynaecologist. The Inside Out exercise DVD and book show women how to strengthen the pelvic floor and exercise effectively with pelvic floor safe exercises.