The problem with the pelvic floor muscles is that you can not see them. No matter how hard you tighten them, you see nothing moving. It is not surprising that many women do not know how to start and relax these muscles. Pelvic floor physiotherapist Angelina Bearzatto told earlier about HEALTHY that about thirty percent of women do not have pelvic floor consciousness. In her practice she sees the craziest things when she asks women to tighten their pelvic floor muscles: from pinched buttocks to warped toes.
Where are my pelvic floor muscles?
Our pelvic floor muscles are indispensable. They ensure that the organs in the abdomen, such as the uterus, the bladder and the vagina, stay in place and you do not accidentally lose urine or feces. At the bottom of the pelvis the pelvic floor muscles hang like a kind of hammock on which the bladder rests. The muscles run from the pubic bone to the tailbone and from one ischial bony to the other ischial bony. They enclose the urethra, vagina and the anus. One of the easiest ways to discover where your pelvic floor muscles are located is by pretending to hold something with your vagina or by interrupting the urinary tract.
4 reasons to train your pelvic floor muscles
1. You can prevent or remedy urine loss
Those who lose urine by sneezing, laughing, bending, climbing stairs, jumping or lifting, also called effort continuity, benefit from pelvic floor exercises. Even if the pelvic floor muscles are weakened, after a birth or in the transition for example, exercises can help to gain more control over the bladder and reduce or even reduce urine loss . And strong pelvic floor muscles reduce the risk of urine loss in the future. Never wrong to train them!
2. It helps you urinate easily
You can also train your pelvic floor muscles fanatically, making it difficult to urinate. Pelvic floor exercises teach you not only to tighten the muscles, but also to relax. That is at least as important. Do not hang above the toilet during urination. Your pelvic floor muscles do not relax optimally, so you can not empty your bladder properly. This way you get an inflammation.
3. It gives you a better attitude
Do you suffer from low back pain ? Training your pelvic floor muscles can be the solution. A simple exercise is tilting your pelvis. Put your hands in your side and try to tilt your pelvis, without changing the position of the rest of your body. Tighten the pelvic floor muscles slightly.
4. It gives your sex life a boost
By training your pelvic floor muscles, the blood supply to your vagina increases and the vaginal moisture improves. Pelvic floor exercises also make you more excited with sex and tighten the vagina opening. Another plus: orgasms become more intense.