These are the products (relating to female health and fitness) that consistently get the best reviews from my clients and physiotherapists, and which come up in conversation time and time again. Feel free to point out any that I’ve missed!
Stylish sportswear that supports your core & pelvic floor
EVB Sports Shorts provide firm non-elastic support to the pelvic girdle, lower abdomen and lower back, and a lifting up effect to the perineum and pelvic floor. The effect of this support optimises pelvic floor, lower abdominal and back muscle activation and increases proprioception of the muscles and compression of the pelvic girdle joints.
So ultimately reduced stress incontinence in the short term, potential prevention of pelvic organ prolapse and the easing of certain types back and pelvic pain caused by instability.
Nursing sports bra
And on the subject of sportswear, I get asked weekly about where to buy a decent nursing sports bra that doesn’t cost the earth. There are obviously lots of options out there, but M&S are by far the most commonly recommended retailer by clients.
Reduce constipation & helps to relieve bowel issues, as well as pressure on your pelvic floor / prolapse
Most people don’t actually know that your knees should be higher than your hips when you go for a poo for things to work as nature intended. And this matters because that extra pressure & strain is detrimental to a weakened core & pelvic floor, to any prolapse and it contributes to constipation.
While sitting to do our business may be considered “civilized”, studies show the natural squat position improves our ability to eliminate. Squatty Potty® toilet stools help you simulate a squat position for a faster and more effective elimination…with less straining/pressure.
Help the healing post birth
This Great Lakes collage supplement / protein powder is a powerful addition to your armoury for healing post birth (which includes rebuilding connective tissue in and around any diastasis / “mummy tummy”).
This product is amazing for c-section massage. Rosehip Oil is an excellent source of essential fatty acids, which promote the production of the prostaglandins involved in tissue healing and regrowth. The fatty acids also help to promote cellular development and collagen synthesis, which is important for keeping skin smooth and supple.
Help to undo the damage to your gut from your lifestyle & antibiotics
Whilst scientists haven’t sussed out all of the specifics yet, it has become clear that having a happy, healthy gut is absolutely fundamental to both our physical and mental health and wellbeing. 70% of our immune system activity takes place in and around the gut, but we’re typically living lifestyles that kill those bacteria rather than help them to thrive and support us. And antibiotics wipe them out totally. Help to redress the balance with a good probiotic supplement.
Minimalist/barefoot running, sport & everyday shoes
There are around 200,000 nerves in each foot to provide your brain with the sensory feedback you need to move with skill.
Modern shoes tend inhibit this, however, by cramping your feet and restricting the natural range of movement. This weakens the muscles and the foot, alters the shape of our feet, reduces stability and reduces our ability to truly feel sensory information from the ground. Hence the rise of barefoot shoes.
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