• Anjelica Yoder

What is the Pelvic Floor?

Updated: Jun 1

A lot of times when I ask people what they know about pelvic floor, they instantly say “Kegels.”

While Kegel exercises are pelvic floor contractions, it definitely does not encompass all there is to pelvic floor.

Actually, fun fact, the word Kegel comes from gynecologist, Dr. Arnold Kegel, who invented a device called the perineometer to measure the strength of the pelvic floor muscles.

Okay, so back to pelvic floor.

Your pelvic floor muscles is a dome-shaped muscular sheet at the base of your pelvis in females and males. The muscles spread across your two sitting bones, and front to back from your pubic bone to your tailbone.

It acts like a trampoline supporting your organs such as the bladder, rectum, and uterus.

Now why is it so important?

You actually use your pelvic floor muscles more than you think.

Functions of the pelvic floor muscles include:

· Ability to control and release urine, feces, and gas

· Aide in sexual function

· Support during childbirth

If you are experiencing difficulty in any of these areas, reach out to your local pelvic physical therapist.

Start off the year 2021 getting acquainted with your pelvic floor, not just Kegel exercises! Your pelvic floor may not need them.

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