The pelvic floor (PF) muscles exists in both men and women. The role of the PF is to keep your organs such as bowel and bladder in position especially on movements that cause an increase in intra-abdominal pressure like lifting, sneezing and carrying. The PF needs to be effective when passing urine or a bowel movement and in maintaining an erection or vaginal sensations. 1/3 of women experience issues with their PF during their lifetime.
The pelvic floor muscles are also important in supporting postural and spine health and stability.
As you can see with the number of symptoms, contributing factors pelvic floor dysfunction need to consider other differential diagnosis. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction considerably impacts quality of life through reducing physical activity levels, pain and the possible impact on mental health.
At Pure Physiotherapy, our skilled clinicians will be able to help determine the factors contributing to your symptoms, pain and discomfort and work with you to develop a personalised and progressive management and exercise plan. Click here for more information on Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction in our ‘Conditions’ section
Improving pelvic floor strength is a fantastic way to make steps towards improving your symptoms.
Try these steps to help you find yours.
To improve your pelvic floor strength, try the above steps with 10 long squeezes (aim to hold for 10 seconds each) followed by 10 short squeezes. Make sure that you completely relax your pelvic floor and tummy muscles between each squeeze. Always go to your GP if you are concerned about urinary/bowel incontinence or if you get pain on trying these exercises.