What is the Pelvic Floor?

What is the Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that act like a ‘sling’ or hammock between the pubic bone in the front of the pelvis and the tailbone at the back. A woman’s pelvic floor muscles support her uterus, bladder, and bowel. Pelvic floor dysfunction can lead to common issues such as incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain & painful intercourse.
Why are my kegels exercises not helping? 
Kegels or pelvic floor exercises can often help strengthen “weak” pelvic floor muscles that may occur after pregnancy and birth, following abdominal or gynaecological surgery, from repetitive straining or due to the normal process of ageing.
There can be a number of reasons why kegels or pelvic floor exercises aren’t working for you :
1. You may not be doing your exercises correctly, pushing rather than lifting or using different muscles altogether.
2. Your pelvic floor muscles might be  tight and need help to relax before you can strengthen them.
3. You may need to squeeze a little more, a little less or add some resistance or load to achieve an optimal activation.
4. You may need help to focus on them a little more or differently, using imagery or pressure on a particular area.
5. Your pelvic floor could be strong and your incontinence is due to a timing issue. The neural signals that go back and forward to your brain to tell your pelvic floor muscles to contract don’t always work as well in a muscle that has been lengthened due to increased load or trauma.
If you’re not able to enjoy doing what you love without the fear of leakage, it’s worth contacting your local women’s health physio for a pelvic floor assessment and an individualised pelvic floor program.
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