I am wanting to increase my exercise in 2021 but every time I try to exercise, I get a feeling of heaviness or pressure in my pelvic region. Is there an exercise that is best for me?
You could be experiencing some degree of pelvic organ prolapse. This is where the pelvic organs can begin to collapse into the vaginal canal. It is most commonly related to weakness of the pelvic floor muscles and/or laxity of the surrounding fascia. You can exercise with this, but initially you should be working with a professional trained in dealing with this type of condition.
Your exercise should be graded in such a manner that it does not over stress your pelvic region. Additionally, posture and body mechanics are extremely important. The exercises chosen for you will be lower impact initially with progressions as your body can tolerate more load.
As a pelvic health therapist, I train women in an exercise approach called hypopressives, which is utilization of breathing and postures with the incorporation of apnea breaths to decrease pressure in the pelvic region. This also for a reset of the core and pelvic floor with quicker progression to more advanced exercises like Pilates, yoga, and strength training, which are all offered on site at Statera.
~Dr. Leslie Kremer