What supports the organs of the pelvis??
The organs of the pelvis are supported by connective tissues and muscles.
Prolapse can be caused by a number of factors.
Two common factors are weakness in the connective tissues and/or weakness in muscles. When the issue is from the connective tissue being weak or overly elastic, the solution is more complex.
When it is the result of weak musculature exercise and strengthening of muscles would be reasonable and effective solution.
How do we Score the Prolapse??
We score from 1-3 (1 is mild and 3 severe)
A score of 1 is up to half the height of the vagina
A score of 2 is up to the opening of the vagina
A score of 3 is when the organ is just outside the vagina
In men and children a prolapse would occur through the anus
The organs that prolapse include:
Bowel (this is not graded on the 1-3 scale but rather creates constipation and gas)
Negative Effects of organ prolapse
Friction of the organ that prolapses which can cause pain, irritation, bleeding, etc.
Recurring urinary infections in women
Can we exercise??
When we exercise we will want the prolapsed organ to be inside the body.
This means that with a grade 2 or 3 prolapse it is recommended that we exercise in a supine position, prone position, side lying position, or quadruped position resting on the forearms so that the pelvis is elevated.
Inversions are highly recommended.
Sitting and standing at this stage would be contraindicated.
Weight lifting or exercises with standing resistance are not recommended for those who suffer from prolapse.
Prolapse often begins with weakening of the connective tissues and then develops into weakening of the muscles also.
Suitable exercises can improve the support of the muscles enough for benefit even though the connective tissues cannot really be altered.
It is important to know that prolapse is not a reason to avoid exercise.
Appropriate exercise choices are available and can take the place of exercises that puts further strain on the pelvic floor system until strengthening occurs.
Some of the exercises that put excess stress on the pelvic floor system include running, jumping and lifting weights.
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