Squat on the pot? Your pelvic floor will thank you.
The Squatty Potty, a toilet footstool that is leading the squatting movement worldwide, helps ease suffering from pelvic floor disorders in women and men by improving toilet posture.
A 2008 study by Kaiser Permanente published in Obstetrics & Gynecology found that one-third of women suffer from one or more pelvic floor disorders. In addition, aging, obesity, and childbirth
increase the likelihood of experiencing these issues. Although pelvic floor disorders are more common in women, men also suffer from similar symptoms; the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reports that nearly one in every five men ages 60 and older experience incontinence.
Manufactured in the USA, the Squatty Potty’s ergonomic design properly aligns the colon to reduce straining during bowel movements; pressure from frequent straining can contribute to pelvic floor disorders. Recently featured on The Dr. Oz Show and The Doctors, the Squatty Potty is a toilet footstool that helps assume the squatting position for more effective elimination.
“I recommend the Squatty Potty to my clients who suffer from constipation and pelvic floor disorders,” said Barbara Loomis, a Restorative Exercise™ Specialist, certified practitioner of abdominal massage and owner of Nurturance in Portland, Ore. “Squatting strengthens the pelvic floor by allowing the muscles to be at the correct length for optimal function. Squatty Potty can be a great part of a healing plan to help those with pelvic floor disorders and those wanting to prevent issues of the pelvic floor including incontinence, prolapsed organs and constipation.”
A network of ligaments, muscles and connective tissues, the pelvic floor acts as a “hammock” to support the pelvic organs, including the bladder and rectum – and in women, the uterus and vagina. Pelvic floor disorders, also called pelvic floor dysfunction, occur in both men and women when muscles and nerves in this area become damaged or weakened, causing the pelvic organs to prolapse (drop), which can lead to symptoms such as constipation and fecal and urinary incontinence.
“Most pelvic floor disorders are tied to the de-evolution of our normal evolutionary biology,” said Dr. Jack Kruse, optimal health coach and Nashville, Tenn.-based neurosurgeon specializing in treating chronic pain, neck pain and back pain. “By correcting our bathroom posture, the Squatty Potty can be a huge help to people suffering from these health problems. Not only is the Squatty Potty aesthetically pleasing, but it also makes a tremendous amount of sense with how we should eliminate.”
Lauren Starace, MPT @ Restore can help you with pelvic floor conditions. You don't have to suffer in silence. Lauren often recommend the Squatty Potty to her clients.