The pelvic floor is made up of ligaments, connective tissue, and muscles that support the bladder, bowel, and for women, the uterus. Having a strong pelvic floor helps to maintain health and keep your body functioning properly.
If the pelvic floor is too loose, it can lead to symptoms such as organ prolapse, bladder leakage, bulging in the vaginal area, and constipation. A loose, and weak pelvic floor can also cause leakage when you cough, laugh, or sneeze. If the pelvic floor is too tight, or is too often in a contracted state, the pelvic floor may cause low back and hip pain, painful sex, trouble with bowel movements, and even trouble walking.
By maintaining proper strength in your pelvic floor, you keep blood flow moving in the pelvic tissue and nerve supply, and therefore maintaining good vaginal health.
Having a strong pelvic floor is particularly important for women in pregnancy and getting older. A strong pelvic floor helps to protect against prolapse and other tearing that can happen during childbirth.
Have more questions on pelvic floor health? Feel free to contact us with MedAmerica Rehab to learn more!