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Ep122 – Why “Core” Exercises Don’t Exercise Your Core with Angela James

Pelvic Health sounds like something that only elderly people need to be aware of, right? Having said that, I think anyone under the age of 25 would probably think that I count as elderly, anyway, so let’s move right along…

The fact of the matter is that 50% of women will experience some kind of disorder such as incontinence, and many of those women will experience full pelvic organ prolapse, which is basically where everything drops out.

So why do we still find the whole subject slightly embarrassing, if not downright inappropriate, when a little knowledge could solve or prevent any of this from happening?

What we call “core” classes are generally about getting a flat stomach or ripped abs, they’re not actually exercising our true core muscles, partly because we don’t know how to recognise or connect to them. So when we’re told to “switch on the core” or “engage the pelvic floor”, most people are only engaging the outer stomach muscles, the ones that look good.

According to Angela James, a physiotherapist from Sydney Pelvic Clinic, most people need help to not only identify the muscle but also to use it properly, rather than clenching our bums or our stomach or even our shoulders!

Find out why it’s so important for women to connect to this part of their body, recognise what’s happening and know how to take care of it, because a weak/overly tense pelvic floor can cause so many more problems than incontinence.

“The body is an integrated system and if something’s not quite right, particularly in a critical area, like the pelvis, there’ll be consequences that sort of show up elsewhere in the body, such as the knees, neck or feet.”

About Today’s Guest: Angela James

Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Founder & Principal Physiotherapist of Sydney Pelvic Clinic

Angela James is the Founder & Principal Physiotherapist of Sydney Pelvic Clinic, a specialised pelvic health service for women, men and children. Angela has developed a team of like-minded, highly trained professionals committed to delivering an evidence-based and person-centred approach to improve their patients pelvic health. In addition to her clinical work, Angela teaches locally and internationally, striving to improve the quality of physiotherapy services beyond her own borders.

Angela is passionate, maybe even obsessive, about improving people’s understanding about the profound impact pelvic heath can have on ones quality of life. She is committed pelvic physiotherapist, working with her highly skilled team to deliver positive outcomes to their patients every day. She would like women to have a deeper connection to their bodies and empower them with knowledge and tools to optimize their pelvic health through their life stages.

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