What is the pelvic floor? The pelvic floor is a sling that spans the bottom of the pelvis, much like a trampoline. It is comprised of muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and nerves.
Why is it important?
The pelvic floor muscles (or Kegel muscles) help with:
· Bladder control
· Bowel control
· Pelvic organ support (bladder, bowel and uterus) to prevent vaginal prolapse
· Sexual arousal and satisfaction
· Back and pelvic support
Who needs to do pelvic floor exercises?
All women should do pelvic floor exercises! However they are even more important if you:
· are pregnant
· have had children
· had a big baby (over 4kg)
· needed a forceps during delivery
· are overweight
· do high impact exercise
· are postmenopausal
· are having any symptoms of leaking urine, poor wind control, heaviness or dragging down below. These exercises can help.
When do I need help?
· If you are having symptoms (such as leaking, dragging, or heaviness down below)
· If you are unsure if you are doing the exercises incorrectly
Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help. Book an appointment today!