The principal function of the pelvic floor muscles is to give support to the internal organs. Recently, the literature has established the role of pelvic floor muscles in the stabilization of trunk muscles and postural control.
Many factors (overweight, pregnancy, age, heavylifting, and breathing disorders) can influence the progressive weakness of the pelvic floor muscles, so consequently there is not an efficient support of internal organs. Also, lumbopelvic posture can have an advere impact on the activation and co-coordination of pelvic floor muscles.
Posture and alignment are fundamental in the prevention of common pelvic floor dysfunctions in women such as like urinary incontinence or prolapse in which internal organs (e.g., uterus, bladder, rectum) fall out of place.
If you have any of these symptoms, remember they are NOT normal:
- pressure or bulging in your vagina or rectum.
- bulging of your abdomen during any exercise (abdominal crunch, lift weights…)
- any of your everyday activities cause pain, leakage or pressure.
Integrate proper posture into every part of your life, even for your pelvic floor! An easy and functional strategy to prevent prolapse is to choose appropiate movements and lifestyle tips for not increasing downward pressure. Focus on practicing a systematic program like Low Pressure Fitness to rehabilitate your posture and coordinate deep abdominal muscles for integrate new postural patterns and management of intraadbominal pressure, will lead to a direct improve of prolapse symptoms. Focus on elongation of the vertebral spine and pelvis. By relaxing the pelvis and stretching your spine, you will allow the pelvic floor to provide better support to the internal organs. In few weeks, you will notice changes in the bulging and pressure of the pelvis. Your abs will gain tone, your waistline will become slimmer, and back or pelvic pain will begin to dissapear. Also, associated sexual dysfunction symptoms will improve over time.