PT CORNER - by Lyne Ezenwa P.T.
What are the benefits of exercising?
A) It helps stimulate peristalsis (bowel movement)
B) It helps decreasing of pelvic pain
C) It helps control anxiety and depression
D) All of the above
Of course D! And much more…. Researchers have shown over and over the multiple benefits of exercising. What are we waiting for? Let’s hit the gym! There are a few steps to take into consideration when starting an exercise program. Safety… Find an activity that does not exacerbate your pain. Fast pace walking is often time tolerated by many. Go progressively. Start around the block. See how you feel and increase your speed and time of exercise accordingly. If you suffer from pelvic pain, high impact activity and bicycling may not be the best activity for you. Swimming can be wonderful if you do not have vulvar irritation. Sometimes the chlorine may be an aggravating factor.
Light weight training and gentle stretches should also be included into your aerobic routine. Physical Therapists may guide you in choosing the right exercises for you. You may also find wonderful personal trainers that are rehab specialist. They will be there to assist you in your recovery.
And remember, have fun with it! Be proud and feel good about doing something so great for your body and your mind! “Mens sana in corpore sano”!
Lyne Ezenwa P.T.
The Pelvic Health and Physical Therapy Center
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