Homage to our Pelvic Floors
It is crazy the lack of attention we give to our pelvic floor muscles. Many of my clients come into the clinic with no idea what they are or how to work them. My friends don’t worry about them thinking they will only need attention when they have children.
They are one of the most important muscles in the body; it keeps us continent, helps protect the spine, supports the pelvic organs and wait for it – most importantly helps us to have better orgasms.
It is a well-known fact that we need to strengthen them when we are pregnant and after childbirth. But that’s not the only time we need to give them attention. Running, stress, straining to go to the toilet and gym work-outs all puts pressure on this area which can then cause problems.
It’s not a nice muscle to have problems; it can cause urinary and faecal incontinence, constipation, pain, prolapse and sexual dysfunction.
So ladies, in light of the above, take a minute to read below and pay homage to your pelvic floors.
What are they?
It’s a group of muscles, ligaments and fascia that act like a supporting hammock which run from your pubic bone underneath your body to your coccyx at the bottom of your spine.
What do they do?
It supports your bladder, vagina, uterus and bowel. It should tighten and lift automatically when you squat, sneeze, run or lift. They work in synergy with your deep abdominal muscles to stabilise your spine.
For all the Mumma’s reading this, follow the two exercises below. Fit them easily into your day, like when waiting at traffic lights or for the kettle to boil. I struggle to do them without raising my eyebrows, but let’s not be afraid of doing them, we can smile at each other at the lights knowing what we are both doing! If you are having problems with either urge or stress incontinence or feelings of heaviness, go and see a physiotherapist. A strengthening program will take about 6-12 weeks and are an impressive 80% successful. One out of three Mum’s in New Zealand have this so let’s not make it an embarrassing taboo subject, let’s just sort it out.