Props to you for joining in the challenge of learning how to use your pelvic floor muscles correctly.
This is a 4-5 day challenge and I will be sharing a little information with you from day to day on the pelvic floor muscles.
The first time you may have heard of the pelvic floor muscles, could have been when you were pregnant or after you gave birth, due to someone telling you to do Kegels. Am I right?
If you’ve never heard of pelvic floor muscles or “Kegel” exercises, than today is your lucky day! Go buy a lotto ticket (I kid, I kid)!
The Kegel exercise gained it’s popularity first in the 1950s for it’s way of contracting or tightening the muscles in the pelvic floor.
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles inside the pelvis that act like a “hammock” in supporting the bladder, uterus and bowel. This muscle group helps stabilize your pelvis so you can walk, run, exercise, sit, stand, kneel, or reach for a glass out of the cabinet. When you contract or shorten these muscles (like stopping the flow of urine), they close your three openings (if you are female) and keep urine or feces from coming out. And then when you relax the muscles, they should return to resting state.
Girl, did you know how you sit and stand can affect your pelvic floor muscles? For instance, sitting with legs crossed or with poor posture can cause clinching in your pelvic floor. Prolonged standing can also cause tension if doing it in poor standing mechanics as well.
Oh! And these muscles are the first ones in your body to tense up when you have anxiety or see something negative on the news, hear something negative etc...Talk about a “headache in your pelvis”. The pelvic floor is also affected by hydration, or lack of. If you are drinking more caffeine or soda and minimal water, you may feel spasms in the pelvic floor or lower abdominal cramping.
Alright…the next blog will be on Day 2 of How To Correct Your Kegel.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out!