The Importance of a Strong Pelvic Floor
- Posted on: Nov 29 2017
You’ve most likely heard me mentioning “pelvic floor” quite frequently here lately and it dawned on me that many may not fully know not only what exactly the pelvic floor is, as well as why it is so important to keep your pelvic floor strengthened at all times. Let me start out by saying that while usually ignored, the overall health of your pelvic floor muscles can play a huge role on your overall health and wellbeing, as well as your sense of confidence.
So let’s start with the basics: What is your pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor muscles are a layer of muscles that go all the way from your pubic bone to your tail bone and is structured like that of a muscular trampoline. Pelvic floor muscles are present in both men and women alike, and keeping these muscles strong has positive effects for both.
What weakens your pelvic floor muscles?
Typically weakened by pregnancy and childbirth, the pelvic floor muscles can also be weakened by:
- Lack of use
- Hormonal changes, especially during pregnancy
- Regularly straining to use your bowels
- Pushing or straining when emptying your bladder
- Heavy lifting
- Carry extra weight
What are the benefits of a strong pelvic floor?
There are so many incredible benefits to keeping strong pelvic muscles. Here are the most common:
- Improved bladder control, decreasing the incidence of incontinence
- Bowel movement control
- Strength during vaginal childbirth and delivery
- Recovery after vaginal childbirth
- Reduces the risk of bladder prolapse
- Improved recovery after prostate surgery in men
- Increase in sexual sensation
- Stronger orgasms
- More erections, even in men with erectile dysfunction
- Increases blood flow to genitals, which is one of the key elements to arousal
- Improved social confidence and quality of life
Just like your arms, legs and abdominal muscles, your pelvic floor muscles can be controlled and therefore, trained. In doing this, you are able to actively support your bladder and bowel, as well as many sexual functions of your body. And just like other muscles in your body, your pelvic floor muscles will become stronger and stronger with regular exercise and stimulation.
How do you know when to seek professional help?
When you have bladder or bowel problems, wake up multiple times at night to empty your bladder, cannot control your urge to urinate or pass bowel movements, have a difficult time emptying your bladder, have pain in your bladder or have noticed a decrease in sexual satisfaction, it is time to consider professional assistance so that your pelvic floor muscles can be professionally assessed and an appropriate treatment plan can be put together for you.
While Kegel exercises are well-known and very commonly recommended, one of the best, quickest and most effective methods of strengthening your pelvic floor is by use of the BTL EMSella, which provokes approximately 11,200 Kegel exercises in one short 28-minute cycle!
BTL EMSella uses electromagnetic technology to activate motor neurons in the pelvic floor. Offering deep penetration into targeted tissues of the pelvic floor and stimulating those muscles, EMSella is able to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles in a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment method. By sitting fully clothed onto an ergonomic chair, electromagnetic technology is penetrated into the targeted tissues, stimulating them and building up muscle strength. In doing this, the strength of your pelvic organs is restored, therefore, tightening the walls of the vagina, decreasing the chance of incontinence and increasing sexual satisfaction. BTL EMSella has already changed the lives of hundreds of women who have undergone routine treatment sessions and can change your’s as well.
You may not realize it now, but your sexual and intimate health plays a huge role in your overall sense of well-being and for some, can affect your social life, too. I encourage each and every one of you to begin taking care of your pelvic floor muscles so that you can hopefully avoid some of the common vaginal and pelvic issues many men and women face in today’s day and age. Additionally, it may help you avoid undergoing major surgery in the future.
For a personal treatment plan to help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, decrease your chances of incontinence and improve your overall quality of life, request your consultation today, or call us at 281-313-7435.