Guest Blog Post by: Elisabeth Parsons, Fit4You
- Life begins and grows within our hips
- We allow music to be felt through us by dancing, swaying our hips
- Our strength in physical movement originate here
- Here we sit. Here we stand
- They propel us forward whether it be to run, jump or twirl
- We feel pain here when things are not right
- We feel pleasure when they are
As much as our brain is the head office of our nervous system therefore our command centre; I think of our hips as the head office of physical action. Most movements originate here and therefore any dysfunction, even if not felt, can cause pain and discomfort in other parts of our body. So why is the optimal function of this so important part of our body so often ignored? Or even worse, mis-treated?
Unfortunately, the answer to this is usually due to lack of knowledge. Most people don’t know what, or if anything, is required to maintain good function and health in our hips, pelvis, pelvic floor.
Dysfunction, weakness and imbalances can cause such common problems such as back pain, constipation, urinary incontinence, pain during sex and so much more. When you hear your friend, spouse or co-worker complain of a bad back you probably don’t think to yourself “his/her pelvic floor must be week”. You might think, or even say; “you should work your core, I have heard that helps a bad back”. But do you know what it means to work your core in a way that is beneficial for your back? We have all heard by now that we should be “working our core”. But what does that mean? Crunches? Sit-ups? No! These exercises can only make matters worse, or will create dysfunction where nothing was wrong to begin with.
Did you know that your pelvic floor is a part of your core? Probably not. Neither did I a few years ago. But it is this lack of knowledge that has women complaining of urinary incontinence, constipation, back pain and more, just to be told by their doctors and friends that it is normal. Apparently this is what happens when a woman has had children, or is approaching menopause… NOT IT IS NOT!!!
There is nothing normal about peeing when you sneeze, cough or exercise. There is nothing normal or acceptable about having pain when you have sex with your partner. It may be common, but it is not normal. There is something that can be done. And quite easily too. First, I need for you to rethink this whole hip area a little. Our pelvic floor is made up of a group of muscles, and like any muscles, they need to be exercised in order to work well. But you can’t just go about this casually, it must be done in a way that will recruit all the muscles that work synergistically along side it. Only then will you experience that your back pain goes away, hip pain becomes a thing of the past and you can sneeze without crossing your legs again.
I have been doing this work for a few years now and find it incredibly rewarding to help women reach an improved quality of life by eliminating many of these problems and thus making them feel they can swing their hips all the way to the gym, not worrying about peeing when they laugh at a joke and enjoying intimacy with their partner again.
This past weekend I had, alongside my colleagues, the pleasure of running a course educating other health professionals on how they can help their clients and patients restore their core and pelvic function. So much fun and so empowering not just for us, but for our clients. This is why I love what I do.
I invite you to learn more about this and my RestoreYourCore Program, and please pass on to any women in your life who you think may benefit (everyone I would think)
I wish you the happiest and healthiest of days 🙂 xo
ELISABETH PARSONS is a pro fitness trainer, nutritional counsellor, and lifestyle coach to women. She is a mother of 4 very active boys, and enjoys sharing her life experience and knowledge about adding vitality to your life through healthy, active living.