Four activities that can help prevent and also strengthen the pelvic floor include Kegel exercises, yoga practice, acupuncture and a healthy dietary regime.
Kegel Exercises These pelvic floor exercises can significantly strengthen the connective tissue and muscle layers that hold up the organs of the lower torso. They are exercises that can be engaged at any time of day and without anyone knowing. That means, you can exercise while your waiting in line at the grocery store or picking up your children at school. What’s important however is not necessarily where you do your exercises but that you do them consistently every day to garner the best results from your labors.
Yoga Practice Yoga offers the opportunity to become more conscious of how we breathe and relate to our physical body. In this case, learning about how we relate to our own abdominal pressure is a key to improving the pelvic floor integrity. Yoga recommends several postures for improving pelvic floor strength such as the supported headstand and the unsupported shoulder stand.
Acupuncture In Chinese medicine, organ prolapse is diagnosed as a “sinking Qi” condition and is treated with herbs and acupuncture which help to strengthen, rectify and lift the body’s Qi upward. The most famous acupuncture point for treating prolapse in the body is called Baihui, the point of a hundred meetings and is located at the vertex of the head.
Diet Diets designed to help the body easily move digested food through the colon and out of the body thus reducing constipation and the need to bear down or push during evacuation is recommended. This would include foods high in fiber and rich in enzymes such as sprouted nuts and seeds, fresh vegetables and fruits in addition to whole grains and beans. Avoiding processed foods, refined sugars, fatty and fried food which lack fiber and slow peristalsis is important. In addition, one of the most valuable ways to support colon health is to simply drink more water. Water is the great purifier.