- Hold your pelvic organs in place
- Support your spine, pelvis, and hips
- Bladder and bowel continence
- Sexual appreciation
The first major function of your pelvic floor is pelvic organ support. Naturally organs tend to move towards the area of least resistance. Your stomach region creates a great deal of pressure which can push on pelvic organs. The pelvic organs include: the bladder, uterus and ovaries, vagina (if you have these), small bowel, and rectum. Therefore, if you are constantly straining during urination or bowel movements your organs move constantly towards the ground. If you hold your breath when you lift heavy objects it can cause the same issue. Without the counter effort from your pelvic floor, your organs will just head right on out of your body, and plop on the ground. I feel confident in guessing that you do not want that happening. Typically individuals will have a sense of something falling out, however, even if you do not have this sense, I would not recommend frequent straining as this can lead to a prolapse.
You may have a variety of feelings or responses to discovering this information: tears, laughter, gratitude, sometimes even anger to discover that there has been someone here who can help and you are just now getting to me. I’m just so happy that I can shed some light on this confusing and mysterious muscle group and help guide people through such a personal health journey. If you have not yet found a therapist, I recommend that you do so and educate yourself about what to expect at your first appointment . If you have any of the following conditions or the above symptoms sound familiar to you, I encourage you to bring a pelvic floor physical therapist into your life .
Your pelvic floor is a hidden little gem that is often left out of the conversation. It performs so many key functions and works in conjunction with other core areas of your body to perform innumerable other functions across your body. Just because it is internal doesn’t mean it can’t be exercised and even stretched just like any other muscle in your body. Your physical make up may feel like a challenge to overcome when you can’t even see it! How can you possibly figure that out?! Seek out a professional and ask questions during your appointments until you understand. Check out my YouTube channel and my site to see if there are some tips and tricks or at home tools that can offer you further at home assistance for your condition. I’ll be here for you along your journey!