Ep 83 – Pelvic Floor Health for Athletes with Julie Wiebe, PT

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“So then, what I needed to understand, and as a former female athlete, and still… I love to be fit, I wanted to be fit postpartum.  They wanted to continue in their fitness, so it became my mission to try to understand how to maintain fitness, because there’s so much benefit.  And I’m talking to the CrossFit community, you guys understand; there’s so much benefit to fitness for ALL levels and manner and types of health.  Emotional, mental, physical… and so how can we keep people fit AND help them with their pelvic health simultaneously. That became my mission, to try to blend those worlds.”  –Julie Wiebe, PT

In this episode of Pursuing Health, I chat with physical therapist and pelvic floor health expert Julie Wiebe.  Julie began her career focused on Sports Medicine, and through her own experiences and those of her patients, she identified a need for helping female athletes heal their bodies and maintain fitness before, during, and after pregnancy. Her mission is to revolutionize the way women recover from pregnancy and return to high levels of fitness.  To that end, she has developed a unique and integrative approach to promoting women’s health. Her Diaphragm and Pelvic Floor Piston Science concepts apply to a variety of populations and have been successfully employed to help athletes overcome Diastasis Recti and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.

Julie has over twenty years of clinical experience in Sports Medicine and Women’s Health, is a published author, and an international lecturer.  She maintains a clinical practice in Los Angeles, and also shares her approach to pelvic health recovery via online courses available through her website.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Julie’s athletic background and what led her to become a physical therapist
  • What factors influenced her to focus on Women’s Health
  • The consequences that can result from exercising with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • The anatomy of the pelvic floor, and how it is affected by pregnancy
  • How the pelvic floor operates as part of a system, and how it can increase athletic performance
  • What are some of symptoms and signals athletes and coaches can look for
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction in men and women who’ve never had children
  • Why we need to stop focusing on abs and have a balanced approach
  • The need for pelvic floor function to become part of our normal conversation, especially with youth
  • Common pre-pregnancy mistakes, and ways to prepare the pelvic floor for pregnancy
  • Guidelines pregnant women can use to approach exercise to maximize their chances of a full pelvic floor recovery
  • How important it is to set yourself up for a long-term life of fitness
  • An overview of diastasis recti, and why knowledge about it is important
  • How most people have a diastasis, and this is normal and natural
  • How to monitor for diastasis recti
  • Techniques athletes can use to kick up tension in their fascia and prevent abdominal separation
  • How she advises women to increase their activity and return to fitness post-partum
  • When a person should seek a practitioner for help
  • The value of consulting with a pelvic physical therapist post-partum
  • The value of understanding how form impacts pelvic health considerations
  • Her goal that professionals understand how important it is to look at musculoskeletal health, performance health, and pelvic health as a unit that works together
  • Three things she does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

You can learn more about Julie and her programs on her website, and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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Ep 26 – James Maskell on Functional and Integrative Medicine and the impact of community on health
Ep 66 – Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove on Lifestyle, Healthcare, and Persistence
Ep 82 – Training During Pregnancy and Healing Diastasis Recti with Lisa Ryan
Ep 81 – Postpartum Training and the Road Back to the CrossFit Games with Lindsey Valenzuela

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.