Do You Have Back Pain or Core Weakness?
Many people complain of back pain that they can’t seem to get rid of. Standing or walking for long periods of time causes pain. You have tried those lumbar pillows for posture, or tried to work out more to strengthen your back due to “bad posture,” or you have even tried core stabilization exercises. These things might have worked temporarily, but have you looked at a different source for your pain? There are many things that can contribute to back pain, and pelvic floor weakness may one of your issues. Even if you do not have back pain, but experience urinary incontinence, pelvic pain or other pelvic floor problems, these exercises may be for you. Pelvic floor exercises are a good addition to your everyday life and can contribute to improved posture, decreased back pain or pelvic pain, and increase your enjoyment during sexual activity.
Your Pelvic Floor
Believe it or not, you have muscles down there. The pelvic floor is compose of several muscles that surround and control the sphincters of your urethra, vagina, and anus. The pelvic floor, also known as your pelvic diaphragm, supports the position of your pelvic organs (bladder, intestines, uterus.)
These muscles attach to your coccyx (the most inferior bone of your spinal column) and can affect your lower back posture.
Why It Is Weak
There are many factors that can weaken your pelvic floor muscles, from pregnancy and childbirth, to aging and being overweight, or even having a chronic cough. This may allow your pelvic organs to descend and bulge into your vagina — a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse. This condition is specific to females. The effects of pelvic organ prolapse range from uncomfortable pelvic pressure to leakage of urine. Pelvic organ prolapse doesn’t have to happen. Kegel exercises can help delay or even prevent pelvic organ prolapse and the related symptoms.
Pelvic Floor Exercises
These exercises are commonly knowns as Kegel exercises, after Dr. Arnold Kegel. Kegels are isometric exercises that strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.