Q&A with Wendy, our women’s health physio
A. In the case that your pelvic floor muscle is weak and requires strengthening, there is a level of skill required to train it properly. It is a fan shaped muscle and for it to work optimally, we need to contract it according to the direction in which the muscle fibres lie.
Written by Wendy Casterton, Physiotherapist
A. There is a general misconception that if the pelvic floor muscle is dysfunctional, it is weak. However, in many cases it is overactive. This can lead to a change in the anorectal angle which affects the downward passage of stool. In some cases, it is as important to downtrain the pelvic floor muscle as it is to train it.
A. It is likely that when training your abs, you’re allowing your tummy to bulge out instead of drawing in. 100 crunches later and your back muscles are doing all the work – hence the backache.
Written by Wendy Casterton, Physiotherapist, In Touch Physiotherapy, Singapore