How to Strengthen a Weak Pelvic Floor

Many people suffer from urinary and bowel incontinence, pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, constipation and other lower abdominal issues. Did you know that these are very common issues that are treatable? These symptoms are attributed to a weak pelvic floor. Here are some ways to help strengthen your pelvic floor.

What is a Pelvic Floor

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that support the bowel and bladder. In females, they support the uterus and vagina as well. They are located between the pubic bone and tailbone. They provide support and lift the internal organs when they are contracted. When relaxed, urine and bowel movements are easily passed. 

Causes of a Weak Pelvic Floor

A weak pelvic floor could be caused by a number of things: constant coughing, obesity, constipation and straining to have a bowel movement, pregnancy and a vaginal childbirth. There are many other things that can weaken your pelvic floor, but luckily there are pelvic floor treatments Burlington ON that can help strengthen and repair those weak muscles.

Reducing Symptoms

There are certain things you can do to help reduce the pain and symptoms of a weak pelvic floor. You can try eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking more water and getting more fiber in your diet to prevent constipation. If you are overweight, losing weight will help relieve a lot of the pressure on your pelvic floor. If you have a chronic cough, seek medical help to see what can be done so you’re not straining and coughing all the time. There are also certain exercises you can do to help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, and you can do them sitting, standing or lying down.

Strengthening your pelvic floor won’t happen over night, but with diet changes and exercising over time, you can start to see some improvements.

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