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How A Healthy Pelvic Floor Can Enhance Your Summer Activities

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Summer brings with it a wave of outdoor activities and physical exertions that can be both exhilarating and challenging for your body, especially your pelvic floor. Here's how pelvic floor physical therapy (PFPT) can help you make the most of the summer season by keeping your pelvic health in check.

1. Staying Active Without Strain

Summer is synonymous with outdoor sports, whether it’s running, swimming, cycling, or playing beach volleyball. These activities, while beneficial for overall fitness, can sometimes strain the pelvic floor. PFPT helps by:

  • Strengthening the Pelvic Floor Muscles: Exercises tailored to bolster your pelvic floor can prevent issues like urinary incontinence during high-impact activities.

  • Improving Core Stability: Enhancing the coordination between your pelvic floor and core muscles helps in maintaining balance and reducing the risk of injury.

2. Managing Hydration and Bladder Health

The summer heat necessitates increased fluid intake, which can lead to more frequent trips to the bathroom. PFPT provides strategies to manage this effectively:

  • Bladder Training Techniques: Learning how to schedule bathroom breaks and control urgency helps in maintaining comfort during long summer outings.

  • Hydration Tips: Guidance on optimal hydration levels to keep you active without overburdening your bladder.

3. Addressing Postpartum Challenges

For new mothers, summer activities might be daunting due to postpartum pelvic floor issues. PFPT can ease this transition:

  • Postpartum Recovery Exercises: Gentle, targeted exercises to rebuild pelvic floor strength after childbirth.

  • Pain Management: Techniques to alleviate any lingering pelvic pain, making it easier to enjoy family activities.

4. Preparing for Summer Travel

Long road trips or flights can be uncomfortable for those with pelvic floor dysfunction. PFPT offers solutions to make travel more comfortable:

  • Stretching and Mobility Exercises: Exercises to keep your pelvic area flexible and reduce stiffness during long periods of sitting.

  • Tips for Comfort: Advice on how to manage sitting positions and stay active during travel breaks to prevent discomfort.

5. Enjoying Water Activities

Swimming and other water-based activities are excellent low-impact exercises but can pose unique challenges for pelvic health:

  • Swimming-Specific Exercises: PFPT can teach exercises that complement swimming to enhance pelvic stability and strength.

  • Post-Swim Care: Tips for pelvic floor relaxation and recovery after a swim session.

By incorporating pelvic floor physical therapy into your routine, you can enhance your ability to participate in summer activities without discomfort or concern.


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About Michelle

Michelle is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Webb Physical Therapy, located in Lawrence, Kansas.  She's worked in PT for close to 10 years, and believes each patient should be treated with a holistic, whole person approach to healing.

She is devoted to helping her patients develop individualized treatment plans to help them achieve their specific goals.

Call (785) 813-1338 for a free 15 minute phone consultation, or email

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