The pelvic floor, maybe you’ve heard of it or maybe you haven’t. Everyone has one though (yes, men have them too), but where is it and what does it do?
What is the Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor (or pelvic diaphragm) is a group of superficial, deep muscles and connective tissue that makes up the “floor” of your core. It extends from your pubic bone to your tailbone and in between your “sit bones”. Its job is to support pelvic organs, maintain urinary and fecal continence, provide postural control, and support sexual function.
Why is the pelvic floor important?
Just like any other muscle in your body, the pelvic floor muscles are susceptible to becoming weak, tight, or inhibited as a result of childbirth, surgery, trauma/injury to the pelvis or pelvic nerves, posture, diet, or even emotional health, just to name a few. This can lead to many common diagnoses including urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, constipation, issues during pregnancy & postpartum, and low back and/or SI joint pain.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, relief is possible!
React Physical Therapy offers specialized services that help restore the normal functioning of your pelvic floor to free you from the symptoms that keep you from living your best life. Find out more about women’s health physical therapy!
-Rebekah Wolinetz, PT, DPT (Lakeshore East)