EP178: Pelvic Floor Health and Strengthening | Dana D’Abreo

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Pregnancy and childbirth are celebrated as a blissful time when a woman is bestowed the wonderful gift of life. What is rarely talked about though – how it can cause embarrassing inconveniences and affect your daily life forever.

A national athlete for Field Hockey Canada, a Physiotherapist, Pilates instructor, and also certified with pelvic floor and post-natal health courses, Dana D’Abreo’s experiences in these fields allowed her to understand pelvic floor health more thoroughly. This is what she does currently to help women suffering from issues with their pelvic floor to deal with conditions resulting from an otherwise joyous moment.

Learn how posture, pregnancy, childbirth and the recovering post-natal phase can impact daily bodily functions. Dana likewise shares very useful information about the causes of incontinence, bladder irregularities, and how to predict one’s likelihood of experiencing incontinence in the senior years.

Points that Dana discussed on this episode are:

• Dana’s personal struggles during her pregnancies, how a 3-day labor and the birth of her first child led her to focus on the pelvic floor health niche, how these allow her to help her clients, and raise awareness on a widespread issue that often ends up swept under the rug (6:07).
• The reasons leading to incontinence, pelvic floor issues, and other irregularities of the bodily organs related to pregnancy, posture, and after-birth child care (15:00).
• The need to raise awareness about incontinence, pelvic prolapse, and ways to improve posture and alignment, and strengthen the pelvic floor (20:50).
• The importance of working on the inner core as this is the one that gets stretched during pregnancy when women tend to focus on work on fitness after childbirth, which is solely works the outer core, and why Kegel exercises are not recommended for everyone (26:44).
• How to know the likelihood of experiencing incontinence on old age based on one’s post-natal condition (30:01).
• The process of healing scar tissue, the pain the pelvic floor still undergoes even after healing which makes intercourse difficult, and how a pelvic floor physical therapist can help in such cases (32:08)
• Bringing awareness back into the muscles after experiencing what is considered as trauma, how to practice pelvic floor activation exercises, and how sexual pleasure and orgasm may be affected by trauma (37:36).
• Dealing with pain, tightness and discomfort during intercourse post-natal, peri- or post-menopausal, and how to aid it through lubrication and with the help of a pelvic floor physical therapist (41:33).
• What can the partners do to help someone who is struggling post-natal, peri- and post-menopausal pelvic floor issues (44:40).
• Bladder irritants, how these cause bladder irregularities, and examples of which (49:58).
• Why it is not recommended to practice the “Just-in-case-pee” and why this is not a good practice to teach children (52:21).

If you want to connect or have questions for Dana, check the links below for her website and email address:
Proactive Pilates in Port Coquitlam, BC – Physiotherapy and Pilates | Dana D’Abreao
proactivepilates [at] shaw.ca

I learned a ton on our conversation, and not just nice-to-know trivia, but real-world-must-know information. I hope you enjoyed it and found it informative as I did. If you loved this episode, I hope that you can share this to your social networks so The Intimate Lifestyle can reach more people and gain support.

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Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor with Perifit | Artem Rodionov

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