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Pelvic floor

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!


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