The positive effects of pelvic floor exercises

What is pelvic floor exercise/physiotherapy?

This is a special combination of techniques and exercises that has gained quite a lot of popularity in recent years. It focuses in training the deep muscles of the pelvic floor, responsible for controlling the bladder, bowels, etc.

What is the pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles located in the pelvis. They look like a hammock starting at the front of the pelvis and ending at the tailbone. They are responsible for many functions, such as bladder and bowel control, sexual function, blood pumping.

How do pelvic floor exercises help?

  • Pelvic floor exercises help improve bladder and bowel control.
  • The risk of prolapse is also reduced.
  • It is widely used after childbirth or gynecological operations in women
  • Speeds up the recovery process after prostate surgery in men
  • Increases sexual quality and quality of life

How to activate the pelvic floor?

Pelvic floor exercises always begin with muscle activation.
The first step is to settle into a comfortable position where the muscles are relaxed. You should focus on proper breathing. To activate the front of the pelvic floor, mimic the action of stopping the flow of urine midway. To activate the rear, mimic the action of stopping gasses. Both actions can be combined at the same time.

It is very important when doing the frontal activation that you do not stop the flow of urine in a real situation, because this can lead to difficulty in fully emptying the bladder.

How do I know I need pelvic floor physical therapy?

Diagnosing a weak pelvic floor is difficult because there are many similar symptoms. However, these are some symptoms that may indicate you need physical therapy:

  • Slight leakage of urine when coughing, laughing, etc.
  • Decreased sensation in the vagina
  • Tampons that shift or fall out
  • An unmistakable lump in the vaginal opening
  • Sensation of heaviness in the vagina

If you have similar symptoms, it is good to consult a specialist who can prepare a therapeutic program for you.