“Women feel like it’s their cross to bear. That is not at all what we should be settling for.”
In this episode I speak with Gayle Hulme, a Calgary-based pelvic health physiotherapist. As you’ll hear in the podcast, Gayle is very passionate about women’s health and it was a real pleasure to have her on the show. I learned so much from this interview and I encourage all women, whether or not you currently have pelvic health problems, to listen to it.
Here are some of the key things we discussed:
1:20 Gayle and I reconnect after 20 years
5:10 How Gayle started working in as a pelvic health physiotherapist
6:10 What pelvic organ prolapse is and who has to be concerned about it
“Women are pretty robust. This isn’t a fault. It’s about recognizing some of the risk factors and the do’s and don’ts that help ward against having something like this happen in the future.”
8:50 Risk factors for pelvic organ prolapse include:
- chronic constipation or cough
- hypermobility syndrome
- repetitive high impact activities
12:05 Whether certain training styles put us at more risk
“It’s not necessarily about the type of exercise but how can that person manage the increased pressure and strain.”
16:30 How long Gayle recommends waiting after birth before high impact/intense training
“Four weeks is not enough time because what we know in tissue healing is that we need a solid 12 weeks to see the changes happen. It’s no small feat to give birth – this is a major event on the body. Walking and some light resistance training that is progressive is a good protocol. Lots of rest and taking care of yourself in those first few months is important.”
19:25 Other times and stages of life when you should consider your pelvic health, including how menopause affects tissues.
22:30 It’s not all about the kegel… but sometimes it’s okay to kegel.
“It’s all about balancing. Does every single woman need to kegel? Not necessarily.”
24:00 How to strengthen and engage your pelvic floor muscles when training
29:00 Listener Question: How do I know that I’m doing kegels right?
32:30 There’s plenty of things we can do including:
- kGoal and Elvie (interactive trainings system for pelvic floor exercises, including device and phone app)
- Bwom (free app for kegels and hypopressive exercises)
- the hypopressive breathing technique
Connect with Gayle
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