Review: Beyond the Bellybutton

Reviewed by: Rachael Herring

A study carried out in Singapore in 2000 found that 60-80% of people experience lower back pain at some stage in their lifetime.  Women face additional challenges, often as a result of childbirth, with 1 in 5 women experiencing pelvic pain and 1 in 3 facing bladder or bowel dysfunction at some point.

Women’s physiotherapist, Danielle Barratt, of Physio Asia, joined PrimeTime members to discuss techniques for building strength in the core muscles and pelvic floor.  On many occasions, patients are offered surgery as their first option, however it is comforting to know that there are alternatives.  Non-surgical options, including muscular training and strengthening programmes, can give good results and if surgery is required, muscular training can complement this.

Using a combination of models and demonstrations including real-time ultrasound, Danielle described some of the common problems affecting women’s core muscles and how these can be remedied through physiotherapy and gentle exercise.  Tips included the importance of good posture (or in physio speak, a neutral spine).  Danielle also covered exercise techniques for tackling the dreaded jelly belly (often caused by separation of the abdominal muscles after pregnancy) and how to carry out effective Kegel exercises to prevent pelvic floor weakness.

For more information, contact Danielle Barratt at Physio Asia:

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