The pelvic floor is a sling of muscles and ligaments that support key pelvic organs, including the bladder, bowels and the uterus in women.
A strong pelvic floor is critical in preventing and treating issues like urinary incontinence (for men and women) and pelvic organ prolapse. Anybody who’s ever suffered pelvic pain or pelvic organ prolapse will tell you it’s a frustrating and agonising ordeal.
Pelvic floor weakness can be instigated by various issues including childbirth, aging, chronic cough, hormonal variations such as menopause, unnecessary straining with constipation, repetitive heavy lifting, obesity and pregnancy.
How to Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor Muscles
Regular exercise for the pelvic floor is recommended to avoid weakness and, if necessary, strengthen the pelvic floor. As with any muscle, regular exercise is key. General exercise like walking regularly can also help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles but specific exercises like “Pelvic Clocks” and “Kegels” have been proven to be most successful.
How Can Osteopathy Help You Tone And Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor?
We can create a complete pelvic workout, containing exercises to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic zone. Specific exercises can be performed at home or they can be incorporated into a personalised Clinical Pilates program to help manage incontinence under physical stress and/or deal with back or joint pain that regularly also goes hand in hand with pregnancy, childbirth, heavy lifting and weight gain.
Don’t wait until you experience the symptoms of pelvic floor weakness, to find out how you might benefit from an Osteopathic approach to pelvic floor control call our office today and schedule an appointment.