Is Pelvic floor training the missing link in your recovery?
We often think of the “ab exercises” when doing core training, and wonder why we are not seeing the benefits.
The pelvic floor as it is the deepest layer of our core system, but is often forgotten in training, and rehabilitation
The core is actually a complex, coordinated system of 4 muscle groups. Think of it as a canister with the diaphragm on top, pelvic floor on the bottom, transverse abdominals in front, and spinal stabilizers (multifid) in the back.
A strong and coordinated “core canister” allows for stability of the spine and pelvis, and provides a strong foundation for the hips and legs to power off of.
Additionally, because the pelvic floor coordinates with the diaphragm, when we have faulty breath patterns, ie short tight breathing when we are stressed, it affects the function of the pelvic floor.
The bottom line is that the pelvic floor is a major key player in pain free, healthy movement. Therefore, a comprehensive strength/flexibility routine, is foundational to any successful training or rehabilitation program.
So, how do I strengthen my pelvic floor?
There’s a lot more to it than just doing Kegel’s. In fact, sometimes Kegel’s can make things worse. The pelvic floor is a complicated muscle group that requires a specific, and progressive training/treatment program to function well.
Just like any other muscle of our body, the pelvic floor needs to be strong, yet flexible. If the muscles are too tight, and or weak, it can lead to pain, and dysfunction in the pelvic floor itself, as well as instability, or inflammation in the spine, SIJ, and hips.
Additionally, pelvic floor dysfunction can cause leaking, constipation, and pain with intercourse, or penetration. If you are struggling with any of these issues, you will benefit from a consultation with our pelvic floor specialist. (link)
EVERYBODY can benefit from pelvic floor training.
Who and what conditions benefit from pelvic floor training?
- athletes wanting to up their game
- Women entering menopause
- people w urinary incontinence
- knee injuries
- back pain
- spinal instability
- hip pain
- post abdominal surgical
- post partum
- ankle sprain/foot pain