Vicki Causer (@strongmamma4) was a participant on The Female Athlete Course in Exeter in 2018. She volunteered to be a demonstration patient for the course and we got to follow her throughout the weekend.
The first part was where we listened to Vicki's story and looked at her symptomatic movement. There was questions about what I was doing and these were kept in as they may be interesting to people watching.
I did not assess her pelvic floor function at this time for 2 reasons. Firstly, she had a women's health physio who she was working with and she was happy with. Secondly, the pelvic floor assessment for the course was coming up later that day.
The purpose of this video is to increase the space of possibilities for health and fitness professionals to what is possible.
Vicki had been doing everything to the best of her ability and she was still symptomatic. She was worried about every little thing, which is totally understandable and suitable for lots of people. However, her set up routine was unnecessarily complex - she felt silly doing it. We need to progress people appropriately past these "routines" towards "normal" - which for many is simply not having to overthink every little action.
There are many fantastic people out there doing great work with women with symptomatic pelvic floor dysfunctions...please seek them out!
I am happy to answer any questions or concerns people may have about this video.
To find out more about The Female Athlete Course, please go to physiodetective.com/courses/female-athlete-tfa/
About Vicki Causer:
My passion at StrongMamma is to work with those real-world women who invest much of their time and energy in others, have given birth (ever), are symptomatic, and disconnected from their bodies. They may feel unsupported, unsure, and just want to feel better in themselves. I give them time and support to understand that they can reconnect with themselves, and empower them with the confidence that comes from having knowledge of their body so that they have a game plan to look after themselves better than ever and the capacity to do whatever they want.
From pregnancy fitness through to post natal recovery and pelvic-floor-friendly strength training, to nutrition that will help you heal and balance your hormones all the way through to the returning athlete and the peri to post menopause years.