We all have a pelvic floor, yet most of us are left in the dark about it. We aren’t taught about it. It isn’t something we openly talk about. And when it is brought up due to a concern, we are often told that these concerns are normal. Even health care practitioners will often overlook these symptoms.
What are pelvic floor muscles and what do they do?
They are muscles that support the pelvic organs and span from the pubic bone to the tailbone. Just like a trampoline, these muscles should be able to move up and down, and be taught. The pelvic floor muscles help us keep out internal organs lifted and in position. They also help with sexual function, as well as with controlling urination and defecation.
But if you pee when you shouldn’t, awkwardly run to the washroom, or experience pain, this is a telltale sign that your pelvic floor needs a little T.L.C.
Here are 5 warning signs that indicate you might need pelvic floor therapy:
1. You accidentally pee when you laugh. Or cough. Or sneeze. Or jump. Or run.
Pee should always stay in the bladder unless you intentionally release it to relieve yourself. Any leakage, pain, or increased frequency tells you that your muscles may be too tight or too lax.
2. Sex hurts.
This is definitely something you want to have assessed. Usually it is caused by a tight pelvic floor, tight fascia and connective tissue, scar tissues, or other conditions like endometriosis, PCOS, and fibroids. A pelvic assessment, which might include swabs and other testing may be required.
3. You can’t seem to empty your bladder or bowel.
When you try to pee and you feel like you can’t empty your bladder fully, it’s usually because the muscles that are around your urethra aren’t relaxing enough to allow the bladder to empty. It could also be a sign of a prolapse.
4. You have a prolapse or you feel a bulge.
Prolapses can occur for most pelvic organs, and lack of organs. The vagina, urethra, bladder, and rectum can all prolapse, and so can empty space due to a hysterectomy. When feeling bulging/pressure in the pelvic region, it could be a sign of a prolapse.
5. You experience pain in the pelvic area.
Pain at any point in the pelvic floor region is not normal and you should not have to simply live with this symptom.
Do you think you need pelvic floor therapy? If so, book a complementary visit by clicking HERE or call 905-852-2929 so that we can chat about your concerns and see if pelvic floor therapy is right for you.