Pelvic Floor Health – It’s more than just a kegel!
Over the years we’ve built some incredible partnerships. One of those is with MovementX, a team of incredible physical therapists. Working with them has really opened our eyes to the role of the pelvic floor and the prevalence of pelvic floor dysfunction. In order to spread the word, I asked Kat Gendron, PT of MovementX to write an article that we could share. This is not something I treat, but If this sounds like something you’d like to pursue further we’ll connect you with the best people to help you.
Did you know that your pelvic floor consists of 13 to 15 different muscles?!!
The pelvic floor is considered the foundation of the core and is where your body’s strength and stability begin. Women and men can both be affected by pelvic floor issues. Pelvic floor dysfunction can often go undetected and affect you in ways you never imagined.
Studies have shown that between 25% and 32% of women are living with some type of pelvic floor disorder.
Pelvic floor issues can stem from pregnancy, childbirth (even c-section births), constipation, neurological conditions, cancer, falls, car accidents, back injuries, leg injuries and more. More commonly known symptoms of pelvic floor injury are incontinence, prolapses, and pain during intercourse. Lesser-known symptoms include constipation, back pain, back stiffness, leg pain, tight hamstrings, weak core, spine or pelvis malposition, sciatica, and more. Many think kegel exercises keep the pelvic floor strong. This isn’t wrong but it’s complicated. The muscles can be injured, they can be too tight, they can be so weak that you aren’t able to kegel even when you think you are, they can be strong on one side but weak on the other. A dysfunctional pelvic floor can prevent a pain-free life. It can also hold you back from reaching your fitness goals and being the strongest version of yourself. If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, a chronic injury that won’t get better or simply can’t seem to reach your fitness goals, it could be your pelvic floor. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. A healthy and strong pelvic floor = a healthy and strong you!