Coaches Corian and Dave are joined this week by Coach Rachel 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.
Pelvic Floor health is important topic for all athletes – men and women. Tali talks about why it’s important, what signs to look out for, and how everything works together.
We get it, talking about peeing is awkward (at best). And talking about peeing can be embarrassing. BUT IT SHOULDN’T BE. Historically, it’s been a taboo subject but we are working to normalize the conversation. Because you are not the only one this happens to!
Did you hear that???
It’s more common than you think!
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 (like when Coach Dave helps you with mobility).
The urge to pee could also be a behavioral response. 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])