I noticed something awesome last night at my 4 year-old’s soccer game. I have blogged in the past that I continue to experience prolapse symptoms when I yell or cheer at my son’s soccer games, after eating too much (every once in awhile I do this), and after being sick.
Well, I still feel symptoms after meals that are too big and, for a day or so when I’m sick, BUT I no longer have symptoms when I cheer at my daughter’s soccer games or at my son’s football games! Is this because my prolapse has magically disappeared or have I trained my body – my pelvic basket – to contract before I cheer? What once was a conscious effort to draw my transversus abdominus muscle up and in before I would yell is now an automatic firing pattern of my deepest core stabilizers. They have the ability to displace the intra-abdominal pressure upward, lifting my chest and expanding my lower rib cage and I can hold this lift as I yell. In the past, the force of yelling, pushed a lot of pressure down on my pelvic floor and would increase my symptoms, but I have changed this pressure displacement by activating the right muscles.
It is this same training process that has allowed me to return to running, dancing, hiking, snowboarding, carrying my children, and now cheering for them too — all symptom-free! What a great example of how the human body can do what we train it to do! It may require a conscious effort in the beginning but, with consistent effort, it eventually becomes a natural firing pattern that we don’t even have to think about.