What and where is your pelvic floor?Back to articles
The pelvic floor is a vital muscle that helps to control the bladder.
Firstly don’t panic if you’ve never even heard of it, let alone are able to locate it. The pelvic floor muscles are quite possibly our bodies biggest unsung hero. Why it isn’t drilled into us from day one to care for it properly is beyond us, given the crucial role it plays in terms of our day to day bodily functions, from facilitating healthy toilet habits, to supporting our posture and physical movements.
The pelvic floor is a key set of deep muscles situated in the pelvis. They run from the frontal pubic bone to the base of the spine. Shaped like a basin the pelvic floor holds the pelvic organs (uterus, vagina, bowel and bladder) in place and supports the bladder to provide control when you urinate. They relax as the bladder contracts to let urine out and tighten in order to allow you to hold, allowing you freedom to get on with your day without permanently mapping out toilet stops.
In a nutshell a strong pelvic floor means everything is kept firmly in place and you should have full control over when, where and how often you visit the loo.
Pelvic Floor Exercises, often referred to as Kegel Exercises, involve voluntarily contracting and releasing the pelvic floor muscles over and over on a daily basis. This is extremely time consuming, not to mention that it can be difficult to contract the pelvic floor muscles correctly by yourself – these muscles are deep within the body and can be difficult to locate, especially if they are very weak. This is often the case for women who have experienced a traumatic childbirth, or are going through the Menopause.
Studies have shown that a third of women who try pelvic floor strengthening exercises by themselves are unable to do so correctly. It’s easy to feel disheartened, and a lot of sufferers simply resort to wearing pads as a means of managing the issue. But a weak pelvic floor, and bladder weakness, is fixable.
INNOVO®’s non-invasive, clinically proven medical grade technology does those tricky pelvic floor exercisers for you, delivering 180 perfect pelvic floor contractions in each 30 minute session. A hand-held controller is used to vary the intensity and frequency of the impulses – increase the intensity in each session and feel your entire pelvic floor lifting and releasing! Use INNOVO® for 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week for up to 12 weeks for long lasting results. No more little accidents, no more awkward pads or liners, no more embarrassment. INNOVO® can help you get back to doing everything you want to do, when you want to do it.
Try our exercise guide which should help you to become more familiar with your pelvic floor, particularly if combined with Innovotherapy.
The pelvic floor muscles are quite possibly our bodies biggest unsung hero.