Special #2415

Pelvic Floor Follow Up

2 min - Special


At the 2015 PMA Conference in Denver, Colorado, Brent Anderson and Hadar Schwartz tested their theories about the pelvic floor. They used two ultrasound machines to show the relationship between the pelvic floor and the diaphragm, and how the pelvic floor responds best to natural breath.

Watch Brent's previous video about the pelvic floor where he uses the ultrasound to demonstrate that most people over recruit the abdominal wall when they are trying to engage their pelvic floor.
What You'll Need: No props needed

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Nov 18, 2015
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Hi, my name is Brent Anderson from Pollstar Palazzos and I'm here with Hadar Schwartz from Israel and colleague of mine in the physical therapy world and research world and plot his world. And we're here at the PMA conference in Denver, Colorado, the 2015 conference. And we're excited because we actually are spoiled with two beautiful ultrasound machines and we're able to sort of test the waters on some thoughts and some philosophies. We've been teaching for a long time, particularly about the hydraulic amplifier and the relationship of the pelvis as to the pelvic floor, to the diaphragm. So what we're going to look at now is that beautiful relationship with the pelvic floor, the diaphragm, as we see that inverse relationship of descension and ascension of both. And we always talk about the hydraulic amplifier and this relationship between the diaphragm and the pelvic floor.

And one of our interests is to see how spontaneous organization takes place in these areas with breath. So what we're observing now is that as the, as she breathes in the pelvic floor, drops down in the diaphragm, drops down. As she exhales, we see the diaphragm rising up and we see the pelvic floor rising up. So we see this real beautiful relationship that we've hypothesized, but it's nice now that we actually are capturing the information a with two ultrasounds to able to do that. Uh, the other thing that we're looking at here is just the ease at which the pelvic floor naturally responds to breath. And I think it's important for us to understand that, uh, sometimes we over recruit and we ask our clients to do volitional contraction. The pelvic floor.

And what we think we're seeing now is just when people use natural breath is one of the best facilitators of natural displacement of the pelvic floor as well as the diaphragm. In contrast to that, when we see people over recruiting in our recruiting the pelvic floor over recruiting the abdominal wall, we actually see a decrease in his beautiful relationship of the diaphragm, a movement in the pelvic floor movement in their normal natural relationship. So tip of the day is if we do a little less queuing on the contraction of these muscles and a little more queuing on breathing. And Natural Organization of the spine, the call on the rib cage, the pelvis, I think we're gonna see a much healthier pelvic floor and diaphragm.


Thank you, so interesting?
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Thank you so much for posting this video, it is really great to see all of that happen!
Thank you for posting. Great to have these near real time updates to help make us better teachers..
Hadar Schwartz its exciting to see you !
Thank you, Brent and Hadar! I really appreciate all the research you're doing on this. So great to actually see the relationship between the diaphragm and pelvic floor.
Thank you!!This was interesting!!
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Hi Brent! This information is really valuable now for me. Please, let me know whether you have discovered this relationship in healthy people or it works for those who have some problems, like diastasis recti or pelvic floor cuts (after giving vaginal birth).
Patty Hafen
Thank you!
Thanks for this simple yet important information
Hi, I've been recently taught that as the diaphragm descends on the inhale the pelvic floor responds to this pressure by contracting...it looks like you are saying the opposite is happening. I'm really confused with the organization of the core... I was taught also that on the inhale the 2 diaphragms move toward each other to create intra abdominal pressure and as we exhale the abs contract to create intra abdominal pressure. Your cues about axial elongation makes sense for me to find the right activation of the abdominals but i still can not get the relationship between the diaphgram, transverse, PF and multifidi...could you please clarify. Another question: in case of beginning of a prolapse would you still cue to activate the PF when performing abdominal exercises and would you take out roll ups, teasers of the program of a person with such an issue. Would you still have her do curls up and hundreds, nasty 5s and so on or not? Thanks for your answer.

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