Pelvic Floor Exercises: Not Just for Women but Important for Men Too!
We’ve all heard of pelvic floor muscles and our pelvic floor exercises but the biggest misconception surrounding pelvic floor exercises is that they are only important for women – and that couldn’t be further from the truth! Today we’re cracking myths and misconceptions and filling you in on everything you need to know about pelvic floor muscles and how you can take care of them.
Common Pelvic Floor Issues
We often get called out to assess and assist with pelvic floor muscles when they have already become a problem. The most common symptoms of pelvic floor issues include incontinence or painful urination, constipation or bowel strains, lower back pain, pelvic pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse for women. And, whilst it is true that pelvic floor dysfunction can arise in women from pregnancy and childbirth, these are not the only causes of pelvic floor issues. In fact, traumatic injury to the pelvic region, obesity, pelvic surgery and nerve damage are equally as likely to cause issues.
Explaining the Pelvic Floor Muscles
The pelvic floor muscles refer to the muscles and connective tissues that help to control and support your bladder and bowels. These are part of your core muscle group, working together with your deep abdominals, diaphragm and multifidus (back muscles) to stabilise your core and even transfer force into your legs.
Your Pelvic Floor Muscles are Shock Absorbers
When walking, running or doing other exercise such as cardio, your pelvic floor muscles absorb the impact and keep your body supported and balanced, much like a car has suspension. That makes them important for everyone, not just women!
Pelvic Floor Exercises for Men
First, identify and acknowledge your pelvic floor muscles by imagining walking into ice cold water up to your waist. The urge you feel to lift everything up should identify your pelvic floor. Alternatively imagine trying to stop the flow of urine and activate the same muscles. Your pelvic floor muscles can be exercised through regularly tightening everything from the bum to the pubic bone, holding for a few seconds, releasing and then repeating. It is important to check that you are activating your muscles and not simple holding your breath and straining, so be mindful of this.
If you believe you are suffering pelvic floor dysfunction, or have been diagnosed with pelvic floor dysfunction, physiotherapy can help you further train your pelvic floor muscles and alleviate symptoms. Enquire about discreet and convenient physiotherapy treatment at the comfort of your own home today by calling 020 7884 0374 for our London office or 033 0223 3407 for our UK office.