Written by Osteopathic Therapists, Anna King and Ed Paget
Did you know that 1 in 3 women suffer from some sort of pelvic floor issue? Did you know men can suffer too, particularly with prostate problems as well as pelvic pain.
What is the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor consists of a plane of muscles that run from your pubic bone (at the front of your pelvis) to the sacrum (part of your lower spine) and attaches laterally to the insides of your hip bones.
What does the pelvic floor do?
Optimally the pelvic floor muscles will be long and supple with just the right amount of tension to support your pelvic organs and prevent prolapse (a condition that happens when the pelvic organs move out of place). They equally need to be strong enough to be able to relax and contract the bladder and bowel orifices so they can drain bodily functions with ease.
Physiotherapist Gary Gray notions that in order to get the pelvic floor muscles functioning optimally all the structures above and below the pelvis should be integrated subconsciously. For example, you don’t have to think about bracing your leg muscles to stop you from falling over, it just happens, and that should be the case for the pelvic floor as well. You shouldn’t have to consciously tense your pelvic floor to prevent leakage – it should just happen.