What is pelvic floor dysfunction?
And what can the millions who experience it do to get relief?
The pelvic floor refers to the muscles and connective tissues that form a supportive sling beneath the pelvic organs. In addition to holding your bladder, rectum, and uterus (or prostate) in place, the activity of these muscles helps ensure the proper function of your urinary and anal sphincters. And the pelvic floor muscles are an integral part of core trunk support.
Poor functioning of these muscles and connective tissues can contribute to urinary incontinence, uncomfortable sex, sagging of your pelvic organs (prolapse), and a common variation of chronic pain – interstitial cystitis.
Though these problems are more common in women (it’s been estimated that up to one-third of American women have problems with the pelvic floor), millions of men suffer too.
That’s a serious health epidemic
There are medical, surgical and dietary treatments that can help you recover from pelvic floor problems.
And you can also work to improve the function of your pelvic floor muscles – strengthening them where they’re weak, releasing them when they’re habitually overactive, and getting them to work in a coordinated fashion.
Here are some of the tools that you can use:
- NeuroTactile® Therapy
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Mobilization of the sacroiliac and sacrococcygeal joints.
- Subtle movement exercises to increase awareness and learn to improve patterns of muscle use.
- Biofeedback from the pelvic floor muscles so you can tune in with what’s happening in your body.
Deepen Your Body of Knowledge
The Interstitial Cystitis Association has valuable information on pelvic floor dysfunction.