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Posted on March 3, 2021 by Michael Boettcher
Pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions are widespread in our society, but are still kept out of public talk. Women are most often affected, especially after one or more pregnancies. But the muscles of the pelvic floor also slowly weaken in men over the age of 75. Targeted exercises can provide relief and help those affected to enjoy a better quality of life.
In medicine, the pelvic floor is the area in the pelvic cavity between the pubic bone and the coccyx, which is interwoven with connective tissue and muscles. The pelvic floor consists of several layers of muscles, tendons and tissues, holds the organs in place and ensures controlled opening and closing of the body’s orifices.
The muscles in the pelvic floor are arranged in three layers that effectively close the entire pelvic outlet. These three layers stabilize the position of organs in the abdominal cavity and the back. If the pelvic floor is overly stressed, problems such as bladder weakness can occur. This happens, for example, during childbirth, but can also be triggered by obesity or heavy lifting.
In women and men alike, the pelvic floor can be weakened by obesity, physical overload, poor posture, pelvic surgery and, in some cases, medication. The most common symptoms that occur with a weak pelvic floor include, urinary incontinence and lower abdominal pain.
Overstretching and overloading the stabilizing muscle layers in the pelvic floor can lead to bladder weakness or even lowering of the internal organs. Accordingly, such pelvic floor weakness can have serious consequences. For prevention, regular pelvic floor exercises under the guidance of a physiotherapist are advisable.
Regular pelvic floor exercises can help to strengthen the weak muscles in the pelvic floor. If the symptoms are already present, they can be treated well with targeted exercises for the pelvic floor. The physiotherapist can create an individual exercise program for this purpose and accompany the execution of the exercises accordingly. The pelvic floor can only function properly when load and resilience are in balance.
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