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Where is my pelvic floor and what does it do?

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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.

It is very difficult to try to strengthen and train the pelvic floor muscles by yourself. You may have heard of doing your ‘kegels’ or contractions, spending hours literally squeezing and not getting the results you hope for. Studies have shown that a third of women who try to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles this way are unable to do so correctly, not to mention how little information is out there for men. It is difficult to activate your floor, but don’t feel disheartened, try our exercise guide which should help you to become more familiar with your pelvic floor, particularly if combined with Innovotherapy. We also have lots of advice from our experts and case studies which should help you become pelvic floor experts in no time.

The pelvic floor muscles are quite possibly our bodies biggest unsung hero.

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