The pelvic floor includes a group of muscles and ligaments that form a “floor like” structure that supports key organs including the bladder, bowels and uterus (for women). A strong pelvic floor is important for preventing issues like urinary incontinence for men and women and pelvic organ prolapse.
Prolapse can occur when the muscles and tissues supporting the organsweaken. This can be caused by various issues including childbirth, aging, chronic cough, hormonal changes such as menopause, excessive straining due to constipation, constant lifting of heavy objects, obesity and pregnancy.
HOW TO STRENGTHEN YOUR PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLES
Regular exercise is important to strengthening pelvic floor muscles. It is highly recommended that women do pelvic floor exercises daily to prevent weakness and, if needed, to improve the strength of the pelvic floor muscles.
As with any muscle, consistently performing the right exercises always helps. Gentle exercises (like walking regularly) can also help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
Anyone who’s ever experienced pelvic pain or pelvic organ prolapse will tell you it’s a frustrating and painful ordeal.
HOW CAN OSTEOPATHY HELP?
At B Enhanced, our osteopaths can design a full pelvic workout, including exercises called “Pelvic Clocks” and “Kegels” to strengthen the muscles in the pelvic region. Kegel exercises are the most effective way to tone and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. According to several studies, women after the age of 35 lose approximately 5% of their body’s muscle mass every 10 years. This loss of muscle mass affects every aspect of a woman’s body, including the pelvic region.
To find out how you can benefit from these and other exercises, call the B Enhanced office today to schedule an appointment. Let us help you regain control of your pelvic floor muscles. Don’t wait until you suffer the symptoms of pelvic floor weakness to take action. Call us today and take preventive measures.