Pelvic Floor! What is it and why is it so important?
The ‘pelvic floor’ is the layer of muscles that support the pelvic organs in both men and women! This includes bowel and bladder for men, and bowel, bladder and uterus for women.
The pelvic floor muscles act as a mini trampoline that stretches from the pubic bone to the tail bone, and lay as a floor for the pelvic organs.
The pelvic floor is so important for many reasons!
- The muscles of the pelvic floor work with the abdominal and back muscles to stabilise and support the spine
- They provide support for our pelvic organs
- They allow for contraction and relaxation of our sphincters, thus giving conscious control over the bladder and bowel
- They are important for sexual function in both men and women
- They provide support for the baby during pregnancy and assist in the birthing process
So! What are the benefits of “turning on” your pelvic floor???
- Increased digestion
- Improve bowel and bladder function
- Increased detoxification
- Increased sexual energy and function
- Enhanced awareness in space (i.e. balance)
- Decreases the risk of falls as we age
Because the pelvic floor is the foundation of our pelvis, it has such a strong connection to our spinal health.
We observe pelvic floor weakness/dysfunction in the clinic on a daily basis, so we have a strong focus in strengthening the pelvic floor to take the pressure off the rest of the spine!
Whether you have low back pain, neck pain, headaches, your pelvic floor could be contributing!
For tips on how to strengthen your pelvic floor, message, email or call us and find out how we can help!!
We also run a FREE ‘posture, balance and pelvic floor‘ workshop regularly in the clinic. You don’t have to be a patient to join in the class, all you need is a pelvis!