I know I read somewhere (thinking in an IDEA Pilates email) about a conference where they tested Pilates teachers on pelvic floor strength using a biofeedback machine. It turned out that alot of teachers missed the mark on contractions while doing a pelvic floor lift. Anyone know what I’m talking about?
Wow, thanks so much for this info! I never realized there was such consideration about the efficacy of therapy vs. a Pilates program. I had a baby in 2013, and had a mild prolapse. I sought pelvic floor therapy and am actively engaged in a Pilates program with an amazing teacher.
The dichotomy between both approaches is driving me crazy because I just want to do the right thing to help myself. Basically, I gather that the difference in approach is:
Therapist: lift and squeeze around openings while diaphragm breathing and engaging the TVA
Pilates: lift and don’t squeeze anything while Pilates breathing and engaging the TVA.
Honestly, with both approaches, I barely registered the contraction on the biofeedback machine. I also had 16 sessions of rolfing so far. All of this has definitely helped with structural problems, but I’ve been so down about the machine I put it aside for a while. I was feeling better over the past 6 months, but after a 2 week bought of coughing, I’m experiencing stress incontinence again, which is why I’m back on the case. I’m sharing alot of personal stuff, but I’m really interested in this subject from a professional standpoint as well. So many women have this issue and just assume it’s normal.
I was intrigued by that article I mentioned because it said that many Pilates teachers don’t register either. It’s not a scientific study, just anecdotal. My teacher is confident she’s doing it correctly, but I just wonder how she’d fare on the machine.
Anyway, it sounds like both approaches have not followed women long term to see whether the problem remains, or the PF stays strong.
I would be willing to break off into a group just to discuss this subject!