Inside Out - The Essential Women's Guide to Pelvic Support

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9780646508894: Inside Out - The Essential Women's Guide to Pelvic Support

Inside Out is a professional guide for how to exercise with pelvic floor dysfunction such as pelvic prolapse prolapse, incontinence after hysterectomy. Australian pelvic floor experts Michelle Kenway (Women's Health Physical Therapist) has teamed with Dr Judith Goh (Urogynaecologist) to produce this innovative self-help exercise guide for women who are at risk of pelvic floor problems with inappropriate exercise workouts. Some medical practitioners are now becoming aware that the wrong kind of exercises can cause serious pelvic floor problems such as prolapse, incontinence and pelvic pain. Women at particular risk of pelvic floor injury include women; with vaginal or rectal prolapse, after prolapse surgery, after a hysterectomy, during menopause and particularly after childbirth. Inside Out has been selected by a panel of expert Australian physiotherapists on behalf of the The Continence Foundation of Australia as a key resource in their current Australia-wide Exercise and The Pelvic Floor initiative for women. Unfortunately until now many women have been unknowingly increasing their risk of pelvic floor injury with inappropriate general exercises. Recent clinical research now tells us that some commonly performed exercises such as intense core or abdominal sit-up exercises, and particular gym exercises increase the downward pressure on the female pelvic floor. This downward pressure can strain and weaken pelvic floor support structures increasing the risk of female pelvic floor problems including vaginal prolapse, incontinence and pelvic pain. Inside Out provides those women with or at increased risk of pelvic floor injury guidelines on how to perform safe and appropriate general strength and fitness exercises. Inside Out also guides women step-by-step through pelvic floor and core strength and control exercises to assist them to improve their pelvic floor support. Inside Out is divided into two main sections. The first section is based upon the most current clinical research into pelvic floor exercise. This section details Kegel exercises (pelvic floor exercises) and teaches women how to find, feel and train their pelvic floor muscles for improved pelvic floor strength and control. Women are guided through appropriate core exercise technique and taught the common pelvic floor and core exercise mistakes to avoid. The second section of Inside Out teaches women how to identify unsafe exercises including inappropriate core, gym, aerobic and fitness class exercises. This section teaches women how to identify and perform safe strength, aerobic and fitness class exercises including Pilates and Yoga. A comprehensive whole body strength training routine appropriate for women with pelvic floor problems is accompanied by photographs and step-by-step guidelines. Real life stories from women who have experienced pelvic floor problems with exercise are interspersed throughout the text. Benefits for women reading Inside Out and following the Inside Out exercise program include: - increased pelvic floor strength and control - improved bladder and bowel control - improved prolapse support -understanding of safe weight loss exercises when living with pelvic floor dysfunction -improved general strength and aerobic fitness for women living with pelvic floor dysfunction - improved confidence exercising safely after pelvic surgery.

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About the Author:

Michelle Kenway is a Brisbane-based physiotherapist. Her role as consulting physiotherapist at The Mater Hospital Redlands and her long-term experience as a private practitioner in women's health and as a women's health exercise instructor have provided her with a unique understanding of the pelvic floor health and fitness challenges facing women. Michelle has devised and delivers evidence-based exercise programs to help women with pelvic floor dysfunction, osteoporosis, spinal problems, during pregnancy and after childbirth. Michelle is a well-known Australian presenter in the field of women s health and exercise. In 2011 she was invited to present at Filex, Australia s largest fitness convention. Michelle is also an invited member of the Continence Foundation of Australia s expert panel working on the Pelvic Floor First initiative. Her goal is to enable all women to enjoy and experience the health benefits of exercise through safe, effective exercise.

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Review Med Library. MD This book is an eye opening read for women. Although the book is targeted at the mature female reader, there is a great deal of information that would also be useful for the younger woman. The how to's and how not to's are clearly explained, with logical, easy to follow advice and SAFE exercises. I was absolutely amazed at the information I read in this book. Things I had NO idea about that now make perfect sense. There is plenty of practical and sensible information in "Inside Out" that we ladies should know. Why is this not widely known? There are many issues that are so common, but usually hushed up as personal and embarrassing problems, and we only hear about them from others or health professionals when it becomes a problem for us. Secret women's business is of no benefit if no one shares the secret to begin with. So many things can be done to improve and prevent things such as pelvic floor prolapse and incontinence issues that the vast majority of use aren't even aware of in our daily activity. I have modified the way I do many things and have noticed significant changes for the better. I am my own proof that this information is correct and effective. I am a big fan of what I have read and spread the information at every opportunity. I now look around the Gym and see damage being caused to pelvic floors on a regular basis. Women over 50 doing leg presses and sit ups etc, following barked instructions from practically pre pubescent personal trainers who have probably had no instruction or training on how to protect the pelvic floor, particularly in the menopausal or older client. It wouldn't suprise me if they hadn't even heard of a Pelvic Floor. These poor ladies will probably be wondering why their "female problems" are getting worse when they are doing their very best to improve their health and fitness. We need a more educated society in regards to women's health, pelvic floor strength and care and continence control. Clearly the fitness industry needs a major overhaul, but until then, we need to educate ourselves and empower ourselves to make positive changes to our lifestyles and exercise plans to protect the long term health and wellbeing of our bodies. I for one do not accept the only solution to my problems is surgery or a Tena pad. Come on! Give me a break! Prevention is the key firstly, then after that take some control back for yourself by improving your knowledge on what you can to help yourself. READ THIS BOOK!! This book is The Bible for your Pelvic Floor with the latest up to date research and data and I applaud the fact that someone has taken the time and effort to get this needed information out there. Thank you! For me it's been the most worthwhile investment I have made. But... like your gym membership, it's not going to work by itself just because you own it. --Med Library. MD

This review on: Inside Out - The Essential Women's Guide to Pelvic Support (Paperback) is from MedLibrary MD This book is an eye opening read for women. Although the book is targeted at the mature female reader, there is a great deal of information that would also be useful for the younger woman. The how to's and how not to's are clearly explained, with logical, easy to follow advice and SAFE exercises. I was absolutely amazed at the information I read in this book. Things I had NO idea about that now make perfect sense. There is plenty of practical and sensible information in Inside Out; that we ladies should know. Why is this not widely known? There are many issues that are so common, but usually hushed up as personal and embarrassing problems, and we only hear about them from others or health professionals when it becomes a problem for us. Secret women's business is of no benefit if no one shares the secret to begin with. So many things can be done to improve and prevent things such as pelvic floor prolapse and incontinence issues that the vast majority of use aren't even aware of in our daily activity. I have modified the way I do many things and have noticed significant changes for the better. I am my own proof that this information is correct and effective. I am a big fan of what I have read and spread the information at every opportunity. I now look around the Gym and see damage being caused to pelvic floors on a regular basis. Women over 50 doing leg presses and sit ups etc, following barked instructions from practically pre pubescent personal trainers who have probably had no instruction or training on how to protect the pelvic floor, particularly in the menopausal or older client. It wouldn't suprise me if they hadn't even heard of a Pelvic Floor. These poor ladies will probably be wondering why their "female problems" are getting worse when they are doing their very best to improve their health and fitness. We need a more educated society in regards to women's health, pelvic floor strength and care and continence control. Clearly the fitness industry needs a major overhaul, but until then, we need to educate ourselves and empower ourselves to make positive changes to our lifestyles and exercise plans to protect the long term health and wellbeing of our bodies. I for one do not accept the only solution to my problems is surgery or a Tena pad. Come on! Give me a break! Prevention is the key firstly, then after that take some control back for yourself by improving your knowledge on what you can to help yourself. READ THIS BOOK!! This book is The Bible for your Pelvic Floor with the latest up to date research and data and I applaud the fact that someone has taken the time and effort to get this needed information out there. Thank you! For me it's been the most worthwhile investment I have made. But... like your gym membership, it's not going to work by itself just because you own it. --Med Library. MD

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