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Did you know?

  • Almost 600,000 adult New Zealanders suffer from potentially debilitating urinary incontinence and nearly 400,000 from anal incontinence.
  • Urinary incontinence also affects about 60 % of pregnant women and one in three New Zealand women after birth. (1) 
  • Childbirth remains the biggest single risk factor for suffering incontinence. Kiwi babies are now being born larger than ever and women are giving birth later in life. 
  • Being overweight, back pain, constipation and menopause all contribute to pelvic floor dysfunction.

However there is a solution!

Clinical trials have proven that physiotherapy taught pelvic floor exercises are effective (with 82% of women cured [2] ). Despite this, many women still suffer in silence.  Incontinence may be common but it is NOT normal.

Want to learn more?

Visit where you'll find a special offer for  The Core & The Floor DVD, enabling you to revisit the concepts taught on Good Morning this week:
A = Alignment  Keep your spine in neutral, with a gentle curve in your lower back.  Good posture is vital to success.

B = Breathing.  Relaxed tummy breathing.  Let the air fill your lungs and expand your rib cage.  Relax your upper shoulders.

S = Strong Core & Pelvic Floor. Incorporate the important exercises you learnt on Good Morning.  A strong, responsive Core & Floor are the foundations for a healthy, injury free body. 

Just remember your "ABS" whenever your exercise!

With regular practice you should:

  • Improve pelvic floor control (for better bladder control and sexual response)
  • Enhance your posture and flatten the tummy
  • Improve strength and decrease back pain

[1] Chiarelli P & Campbell E 1997. Incontinence during pregnancy. Prevalence and opportunities for continence promotion. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 37: 66-73.

[2]  Neumann PB , Grimmer, KA, Grant RE & Gill VA 2005  Physiotherapy for female stress urinary incontinence: a multicentre observational study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 45: 226-232.