The pelvic floor muscles (PFM) run from the pubic bone to the tailbone and the sides of the pelvic walls. The PFMs support the uterus, bowel, and the bladder by tightening the muscles and sphincters around the organs when a person lifts an object, exercises, or coughs. Movement and activity throughout your day with good posture gives the PFMs a low-level activity that keeps them healthy. Also important, PFMs must be able to relax in order to empty the bowel and the bladder.
When the PFMs are healthy, they:
- Prevent bladder issues like leaking
- Prevent bowel leaks
- Enhance sexual sensations
- Support the spine (in conjunction with the core muscles)
- Support a growing uterus
- Prevent prolapse
Childbirth, age, and straining are among the most common causes of pelvic floor problems for women in Colorado Springs and elsewhere in Colorado. Problems include PFMs that don’t relax, weak PFMs, and overpowered pelvic floor muscles. Since the pelvic floor (along with the diaphragm, deep spinal muscles, and the deep abdominal) is contained within the inner core of the postural muscles, they must all work together to keep the individual healthy. When the pelvic floor muscles raise from the body, the transversus abdominis tensions around the lower spine the diagram to contain pressure inside of the abdomen.
There are a few exercises that can help strengthen both the core, the PFMs, and the pelvis to ensure their best health. It is important to identify the correct tightening posture to use to prevent stronger muscles from taking over. Often the needed exercise isn’t more contracting and squeezing, but teaching muscles to relax. Many women consult with a pelvic floor therapist to help them perform the right exercises, the right way.
Anchored Hope Rehab is Colorado Springs first independent pelvic floor therapy practice. Since we come to your home or preferred location, it’s easy to get the discreet care that you need to keep a healthy pelvic floor and core.