Pelvic health OT’s look at what Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) aggravate your symptoms (like leakage, prolapse or pain) and teach new, more effective ways to move.
Much like the “golfers lift” we saw in the “modified laundry body mechanics video” gentle lunging or forward weight shifting is a great way to “spread the load” of weight more evenly across your hip, leg, low ab-not just your back. When you repetitively bend and reach forward from your waist it affects your posterior spine as well as the organs in your belly. The constant downward abdominal pressure, over time can create unwanted pelvic floor muscle weakness and lack of core stability.
All of those muscles (back, abdomen, trunk, even the tissues that hold your organs together) affect, and are affected by, the pelvic floor muscles. So, if you don’t use them well then you may very lose the control of them. That lack of coordination is why, as we age, next to go is our balance. Loss of balance and bladder control are the 2 big factors that land us in nursing homes.
Whether it is to vacuum, mob, sweep, or stain the deck, try these techniques today-just account for your balance if need be. Think of it like dancing. And smile while you do it.
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Announcing Telehealth Care Services! Wouldn’t it be nice to have an expert in body mechanics evaluate how you move and function in your natural setting? Our therapists can evaluate and retrain all of these tasks, and more, with our new Telehealth Care Services. We will hand-tailor selfcare programs for you. Selfcare-Anywhere. Anytime. Which ADL’s aggravate your symptoms? How can we help you improve your quality of life? Change Starts Here (anywhere, really).
Check out our YouTube Video: Vacuuming; https://youtu.be/dFLOLk8T-mA