Imagine a trampoline-like body part that supports your bladder, uterus, vagina (if you have them), and rectum! You have just pulled up an image of the pelvic floor. This muscle stretches from your tailbone to your pubic bone and from one sitting bone to the other allowing you to do all sorts of functions, like urinate and defecate. It also ensures those bowel movements don’t happen when they aren’t supposed to, so your pelvic floor is very important!
As you can see the pelvic floor has a crucial role to play when it comes to bodily functions, muscle control, and a healthy sex life. Unfortunately, almost one-quarter of women today suffer from pelvic floor disorders. The good news is that many of these can be treated with biofeedback, proper muscle engagement, and physical therapy all of which you can find in our MoveU Pelvic Floor Program!
Pelvic Floor Pain Explained
If you have ever had any issues going to the restroom, you probably experienced pelvic floor pain. Anyone can experience this which may manifest as constipation, frequent urination, or painful defecation. Pelvic floor pain can stem from pelvic floor dysfunction, which is why it is so important to educate yourself on what your pelvic floor is, does, and how it functions.
Often childbirth, aging, or lack of pelvic floor strength can lead to pelvic floor dysfunction, or the inability to properly relax and contract your pelvic floor muscles to produce a bowel movement. In fact, one in three women will experience a pelvic floor disorder(PFD) in her lifetime.
How Do You Know if You Have Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
Pelvic floor pain might feel like one of the following sensations:
- Pelvic pressure
- Pelvic fullness
- Urge to urinate frequently
- Painful urination
- Urinary or bowel leakage
- Back pain
- Muscle spasms in the pelvis region
- Urinary incontinence
- Pain during sexual intercourse
What Causes Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
Pelvic floor dysfunction can occur whenever the pelvic floor muscles weaken or tear. Other causes include the following:
- Pelvic surgery
- Nerve damage
What Is a Pelvic Floor Disorder?
A pelvic floor disorder happens when the trampoline we mentioned earlier that supports all your pelvic organs weakens or goes through something traumatic damaging it. Some types of pelvic floor disorders include:
- Lack of bowel control
- Pelvic or rectal prolapse
- Pain/issues defecating
How Can You Treat Pelvic Floor Issues?
You can treat your pelvic floor issue by determining what type of support you would like. You have the option of working with a physical therapist or doctor, doing biofeedback work, or learning how to properly engage your pelvic floor through a course or program.
At MoveU, we have successfully helped men and women get more in touch with their bodies and strengthen their pelvic floors through the MoveU Pelvic Floor Program. Our program is the most comprehensive, interactive, and informative online pelvic floor program available, and it teaches you how to connect, control, and correct your pelvic floor and any pelvic floor issues you might be experiencing.