Pelvic Floor Fitness
The pelvic floor is responsible for supporting organs, bladder and bowel elimination, along with sexual function. When we consider fitness and exercise, this part of the anatomy may be overlooked. However, there are many benefits to incorporating the pelvic floor into a healthy routine.
Pelvic floor fitness and physical therapy vary depending on the individual and what they're experiencing. Our core muscles correlate directly with the pelvis, making it an important element to proper strength and function in the pelvic floor. This along with Kegels are great ways improve strength, should that be what body needs. While Kegels are the most popular form of exercise, it may not be necessary or helpful if the pelvic floor is tense.
Proper bladder and bowel elimination are crucial to supporting a healthy pelvic floor. This starts with hydration. When we are properly hydrated, our fascia is more flexible and relaxed. Ensuring that we drink 48-60 oz. of water daily will allow our fascia to function well, as well as give our bladder and bowel the chance to do their job and help flush the body of what is not needed.
Exercises such as squats, stretches and pelvic drops are all effective in strengthening muscles that support the pelvic floor.
Some people may experience unpleasant sensations and pain that prevent them from enjoying intercourse or sexual activities. Sex should be fun and pleasurable, there are a variety of ways to treat this at home with some guidance and tools.
Pelvic pain and dysfunction are not symptoms to ignore or go untreated. Many symptoms can be resolved holistically by a health care professional or practitioner. Myofascial Release has proven to be a non-invasive way to promote healing and restore proper function.
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