Pelvic floor trainers, therapy, and Kegels. They seem to be the talk of the town, but why? Let's dive in and discover the inner workings of the pelvic floor.
All About Your Pelvic Floor Muscles
The pelvic floor muscles span the bottom of the pelvis and support the pelvic organs. A man’s pelvic floor muscles support his bladder and bowel. A woman’s pelvic floor muscles support the bladder, bowel and uterus. When pelvic floor muscles are weakened they can create problems with bladder and bowel control.
What issues can arise?
The pelvic muscles can weaken during pregnancy and childbirth. If this area gets stretched or damaged, issues such as stress urinary incontinence (SUI) can cause the bladder to leak with physical activity. That includes exercise, walking, bending over, lifting, or even sneezing, coughing, or laughing.
What are the benefits of strengthening your pelvic floor?
- Improving bladder and bowel control
- Reducing the risk of prolapse (in women)
- Better recovery from childbirth and surgery (in women)
- Better recovery after prostate surgery
- Increased quality of life.
Our Starter Tips for Strengthening Your Pelvic Floor
- Sit, don't squat when peeing
- Relax when peeing
- Do strengthening exercises like kegels, bird dogs, and glute bridges
Don't forget to consult a doctor if you are experiencing symptoms!
Did you know that pelvic floor dysfunction can mimic symptoms of a UTI?