Top 5 Benefits of Strengthening Your Pelvic Floor
Are you unknowingly neglecting your bodies biggest unsung hero?
For a lot of us, spending our time, money and energy (where possible) working on perfecting the more aesthetic aspects of our bodies, feels like the norm. We’ll try and commit to exercising our bums, tums, arms, legs, you name it – covering the greys by visiting the salon, or indulging in a new lovely polish to keep our nails in check. It’s easy to feel the pressure to keep ourselves in the best shape we can, but there is also an undeniable confidence boost that we as individuals feel when we know we are looking after ourselves.
However, one area of our bodies that we often unknowingly neglect is our pelvic floor. You might find it surprising to learn that strengthening the pelvic floor can deliver a whole host of benefits, including that lovely boost of inner confidence that we might have assumed can only come from a fancy new hairdo.
Here, we’ve worked with Female Fitness Professional & Pelvic Floor Expert Jane Wake, to bring you the Top 5 Benefits of Strengthening the Pelvic Floor, our bodies biggest unsung hero...
- Give you control over your bladder & bowel
If you experience leaks when you cough, laugh or sneeze (stress incontinence) or are in constant need of the loo (urge incontinence), you might be surprised to learn that this is an extremely common condition. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 10 men in the UK suffer from various degrees of bladder weakness every single day, so you’re not alone! In fact, it’s more common than hayfever!
Shaped like a basin, the pelvic floor muscles hold the all-important pelvic organs (bladder, uterus and bowel) in place and supports the bladder to provide control when you wee. These muscles can weaken over our lifetime for a wide range of reasons, from childbirth & pregnancy, menopause, ageing, high impact sports & exercise, and even as a result of prostate cancer surgery (in men). Exercising these muscles using pelvic floor exercise devices such as INNOVO®, can enable you to regain control over your pelvic floor, and prevent leaks as a long-term, permanent solution.
- Improve sexual sensation & orgasmic potential
It has been suggested that those that can activate their pelvic floor will experience increased sexual satisfaction and more intense orgasms. Alternatively, those with a weakened or damaged pelvic floor may experience a loss in sensation.
- Strengthen the core for a flatter tummy
For a strong midsection and flatter tummy, the whole of the core must work effectively – and this includes the pelvic floor. Our ‘washboard’ abdominal muscles are purely ‘superficial muscles;’ for a truly strong core, we need to strengthen the muscles on the inside - this starts from the pelvic floor and lifts up into deep muscles that strengthen the spine and draw your tummy in.
- Relieve back pain
Back pain can be caused by a weakened core. When the core muscles – predominantly the pelvic floor muscles – are weak, other muscles have to over compensate, leading to poor posture and back pain. Strengthening the pelvic floor will increase overall core strength and support the back.
- Prevent prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse is when one or more of the pelvic organs (uterus, vagina, bowel or bladder) drops from its normal position and bulges against the vagina. A strong pelvic floor holds all of these organs in place and keeps everything where it should be.
In this video, Pelvic Floor Expert Jane Wake shows us how to undertake our own pelvic floor exercises at home, and the importance of understanding, locating and being able to recruit your pelvic floor, something that a lot of women struggle to do on their own.
Innovotherapy safely and effectively activates and strengthens the muscles of the entire pelvic floor and can permanently eliminate urinary incontinence. It is non-invasive, and is the only solution to treat all pelvic floor weakness. Learn more about INNOVO® for Women