‘Core Exercises After Prolapse Surgery’ is a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist guided exercise video.
This 5 minute core exercise video demonstrates a sequence of pelvic floor safe core exercises suited to women with prolapse and those women seeking safe exercises after prolapse surgery upon returning to exercise.
The simple core exercise sequence involves the use of a Swiss ball (exercise ball) however these exercises can also be performed seated on a chair.
Video duration: 5 minutes
For more information about core exercises for prolapse please scroll down below this video
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Safe Abdominal Core Exercises for Prolapse
The following video demonstrates a sequence of seated Swiss ball exercises (fit ball exercises) that promote abdominal muscle activity and support the pelvic floor while exercising. The emphasis is on slow controlled movements using good posture and gentle deep abdominal muscle activation. The exercises demonstrated are designed to:
- Gently improve deep abdominal muscle tone and control;
- Place minimal pressure on the pelvic floor;
- Exercise those deep abdominal muscles that should work with pelvic floor muscles for pelvic floor support;
- Assist women in flattening the appearance of the abdomen with appropriate deep abdominal muscle control exercises.
Always seek your doctor’s approval before commencing any new exercise program and immediately cease any exercises that cause you discomfort.
About Unsafe Abdominal Exercises after Prolapse Surgery
Research tells us that some intense core abdominal exercises can increase the downward pressure on the pelvic floor (including vaginal or rectal prolapse and prolapse repair). Inappropriate core exercises such as sit-ups, and even some intense Pilates and Yoga exercises can cause downward movement of the pelvic floor. What can result is progressive stretching and weakness of the pelvic floor muscles which become less able to support the prolapsed or repaired tissues. Intense core abdominal exercises are high on the list of exercises after prolapse surgery to avoid when exercising to minimise the risk of recurrent prolapse and worsening existing prolapse.
Unfortunately for many women the potential for pelvic floor injury with intense core exercise is not well recognised within fitness circles. After prolapse surgery, some women even get the go-ahead to return to their regular gym exercises with little understanding of the potential risk of recurrent prolapse with the wrong kind of abdominal core exercise. For a summary of some of these exercises refer to our popular free article abdominal exercises to avoid with prolapse or after prolapse surgery.
For more details on pelvic floor safe exercises after prolapse surgery and with existing prolapse refer to Inside Out – the essential women’s guide to pelvic support.
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.