For people with pelvic floor issues, the right kind of exercise can not only strengthen the surrounding muscles themselves, but also help them to maintain a healthy weight and encourage proper digestive functioning, both of which can help to reduce symptoms.
How can the bellicon® help you with this?
Regular exercise keeps your condition and general health up to date, especially if you suffer from health problems. Do you want to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles? Then it's smart to get to work physically!
Physiotherapist Dr Maura Seleme, specialist in urogynaecology and the pelvic floor
In this video Dr. Maura Seleme talks about her measurement results with the bellicon®. With these measurements she shows that moving on the soft bellicon® is very suitable for training the pelvic floor muscles in a fun and effective way.
Gisela Schirmer, physiotherapist and pelvic floor specialist
'Regular bouncing on a soft mini trampoline improves blood flow and responsiveness in the pelvic floor. Many women have completely solved their problems with this training. Use your muscles and stimulate your cells, that's all!'
'Progress is my motivation to keep jumping'
'The reason I bought a mini trampoline is to retain moisture. Loss of urine: for me this was a short-term and temporary phenomenon. I started losing drops of urine while jumping, but also during coughing and when I had to sneeze. For a couple of days it disturbed me very much, I thought it was a nasty side effect of jumping. You read it correctly, WARNING, because by continuing to jump the temporary complaint of leakage disappeared and gave it a stronger bladder muscle. I go to the toilet less often and just keep it dry again.'
Pelvic floor muscles
The pelvic floor consists of three layers of muscle, which together are as thick as your palm. The pelvic floor muscles support the intestines and bladder. They also ensure that we can stop urine and faeces. The sphincter muscles control the opening and closing of the urethra, which carries out the urine from the bladder to the body.
The pelvic floor muscles have the shape of a hammock. The exits of the rectum and bladder run through the pelvic floor. The muscles are attached to the tailbone and extend to the pubic bone. With men, the pelvic floor supports the bladder and large intestine and runs just below the prostate. A woman's pelvic floor supports the uterus, bladder and colon.
In its original state, the pelvic floor muscles are tightened so that the exits are closed (continence). When we go to the toilet, we relax these muscles, opening the urethra.
During pregnancy, hormonal changes make the pelvis more or less unstable. Everything becomes more flexible, which makes the birth of a child easier. It is important to keep the muscles around the pelvis and pelvic floor in the best possible condition. You should be able to tighten the pelvic floor, but certainly after that you should also be able to relax.
Helga D. Hentzepeter-van Ravensberg is the author of the book 'Fit Pregnancy'. She observes that gravity causes pressure on the front wall of the pelvic floor. This is reflected in the urogenital exits. The pelvic floor can become disturbed when you have been pregnant, which makes the pelvic floor sensitive and vulnerable. This can cause the pelvic floor to become both weakened and cramped. Result: you may experience urine leakage or constipation.
The pregnancy and the weeks after the birth are different for everyone. It is therefore wise to ask a specialised physiotherapist for a personalized approach.
656 muscles tighten (including the pelvic floor muscles)
And relax in the second phase!
Do you want to do exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor? Then choose stabilisation and coordination exercises. It is important to move in a relaxed way and to focus your attention on the pelvic floor and the strengthening and relaxation of the muscles.
The bellicon® trampoline is an excellent device to train your pelvic floor muscles from that place of relaxation. When moving on the bellicon®, you train all muscles, therefore you automatically train the pelvic floor muscles.
If you suffer from incontinence (or if your pelvic floor muscles are very unstable), softly bouncing is enough. You don't even have to get your feet off the mat. The contents of the bladder will not press too hard on the sphincter of the bladder, so you won't lose urine. The sphincter is tightened when the bladder moves downwards and relaxes when the bladder moves upward. This makes the muscles stronger and stronger.
If the pelvic floor is very weak, it is advisable to do lying exercises on the bellicon®. This way you can further reduce the pressure on the bladder and urethra.
With regular training on the bellicon®, you can intensify your jumping movements more and more. Perhaps you can even get your feet off the mat.
Incontinence means that you can't stop your urine properly. For example, during exercise activities such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting, climbing stairs, running or jumping. This is called stress incontinence or activity incontinence. Targeted training of the pelvic floor muscles can greatly improve incontinence. And that in turn translates into more joy in your life.
Regular training on the bellicon® mini trampoline has numerous positive effects on your entire body. Bouncing on this device not only effectively strengthens the cardiovascular system and all muscles, but also activates the metabolism of each cell. The moderate movement on the bellicon® also promotes the body's self-healing functions. This in turn has positive effects on some of our societal diseases.