Since the pelvic floor muscles are situated at the bottom of your pelvis, it's difficult to visualise and feel. The pelvic floor is made up of various muscles that form a hammock at the bottom of your pelvis. The pelvic floor muscles support the bladder, uterus, vagina and bowel in women and the bladder, prostate and bowel in men.
When tightened (squeezed), the muscles lift the organs and close their openings. When relaxed, one is able to easily and effectively empty the bladder and bowel. Weakness as well as excessive tightness of the muscles can result in poor function which leads to incontinence and /or pain. It is important to have active control and awareness of how to contract and relax these muscles for optimal function
Physiotherapy teaches you how to:
• Exercise your pelvic floor muscles correctly.
• Retrain pelvic floor muscles so that you are able to effectively contract and relax the muscles.
• Regain pelvic floor control while sneezing, coughing, laughing and lifting.
• Maintain pelvic floor control.