Coaches Corian and Rachel are joined this week by Coach Dave and, special guest, Tali Zinsli.
Tali is a Physical Therapist with Ascension Franklin focusing on women’s health, and more specifically Pelvic Floor health. While this is a topic that is typically geared towards women who have had children, it is actually important for everyone to be aware of.
Tali talks about why Pelvic Floor health is important, especially for athletes, what signs to look out for, and how everything works together.
Historically, the topic of peeing while working out has been taboo. There has been a big push to normalize the conversation because it is something that needs to be talked about – people need to know that it happens to others and they are not alone. Yes, we pee when we work out; it happens. But the good news is that you don’t have to live with it!
Your pelvic floor is constantly working (you just don’t know it) and knowing how to engage it and coordinate engaging it with surrounding muscles is key. Your core, glutes, adductors, and low back are all closely connected to your pelvic floor. Knowing how (and it what order) to engage the muscles will help you through a workout or lift.
However, working on your pelvic floor isn’t always just about strengthening or coordination. Sometimes it’s about learning how to fully relax the muscles or working on behavioral changes. Do you always feel like you have pee right when you get home form work? That may be because you have “trained” your bladder that way. Again, this is all fixable.
Pelvic floor health all boils down to: strengthen, lengthen, and coordination. If you are experiencing any sort of dysfunction, don’t be afraid to see out the help of a physical therapist.
Special Guest: Tali Zinsli PT, DPT Physical Therapist with Ascension Franklin ([email protected])