Bladder, Bowel and Sexual Dysfunction
The pelvic floor (PF) is a collective group of muscles that sits like a bowl at the base of the pelvis. Specifically, it attaches to the two sitting bones laterally, and the pubic bone and tailbone front to back. Like most muscle systems in the body, the PF relies on proper alignment and fascial integrity to perform correctly.
Function of the Pelvic Floor:
- Stability of our spine and hips
- Support of our internal structures
- Sexual function
- Sphincter function for urinary and stool elimination
The pelvic floor (or pelvic diaphragm) is designed to move all day long in concert with the respiratory diaphragm. As you inhale, the diaphragm descends creating an increased intraabdominal pressure. The pelvic floor responds to this by gently moving down. As you exhale, the diaphragm moves back up into the ribcage and your pelvic floor naturally uplift. Check out the diagram below.
The synergy between the breath and the pelvic floor is an important aspect to activate all the smaller muscles in your body that provide stability to the spine, upper and lower body. When this system is not functioning properly, symptoms often are the result.
- Symptoms: (a small subset of examples)
- Urinary: hesitancy, increased frequency, leakage, urgency (Link to bladder)
- Bowel: constipation, rectal spasms or pain, leakage, poor control
- Sexual: Pain, inability to climax
- Any orthopedic symptom involving the hip, back, neck, knee, foot, or shoulder can have roots in the dysfunction of the pelvic floor and stability systems
- Pain: pelvic floor muscle spasm and weakness is often a contributing factor to pain
- The pelvic floor region has many functions and is meant to be mobile, resilient and dynamic. When we guard, move in repetitive patterns that are not beneficial and have injury the whole system is affected.
- We feel that our experience evaluating the pelvic floor and the body in a holistic manner from the inside out has made us more aware of the body's interconnectedness and allows us to treat you as a whole person.
Check out this video about the basic anatomy.
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