Connection Between the Core and Pelvic Floor
The pelvic floor consists of a woven basket-like group of muscles that act as “the floor of the core.” These muscles attach at various angles, interwoven between the bones of the pelvis to support your uterus, bladder and intestinal tract and the sphincters that correlate with each organ. The function of the pelvic floor is directly related to the function of the core, through a natural co-contraction and an mutual need for optimal pelvic alignment. These muscles must be balanced and resilient to work in cooperation with other core muscles to properly support your organs.
So when your core is elongated and engaged during daily activities, the pelvic floor is also lifted and supported. However, if your core muscles are weak and inactive, the body collapses and uses other methods to stabilize itself, such as bulging or bracing. That lack of stability combined with bulging increases the internal pressure on your organs. That pressure has to go someplace, and that place is often down against your pelvic floor.
Why We Do Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
Functional Pelvic Floor Strength
A healthy and functionally strong pelvic floor requires more than just Kegels. The pelvic floor is designed to be supportive as postural muscles, as well as dynamic and multi-directional as we walk, bend, lift, jump and move throughout the day. When done correctly, Kegels can play an important role in initially connecting to these deep muscles, but this one exercise does not represent the extensive needs of the whole pelvic floor.
Signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Long standing core weakness, poor postural alignment, difficult childbirth, trauma and even improper exercise techniques can contribute to the dysfunction of the pelvic floor. Common signs of pelvic floor dysfunction are:
- Involuntarily “leaking” while laughing, sneezing, jumping or other activity. This is known as stress incontinence.
- An inability to get to the bathroom in time, known as urge incontinence.
- A heaviness, bulging or increase pressure in the vaginal canal, otherwise known as pelvic prolapse.
- Pelvic instability, which presents itself with pubic bone pain, tail bone pain, sacroiliac instability, or pubic symphysis disorder.
- Constipation or difficulty in emptying bowels.
- Intimacy issues such as, pain during or after intercourse, lack of sensation or general disconnect.
- Deep low back pain, vaginal pain or rectum pain.
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
Functional pelvic floor rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach to look at why your pelvic floor is not functioning well. Our rehab will systematically rebuild the daily strength and flexibility required for a strong life. We begin with addressing your functional core strength, and then we strategically retrain your alignment and the internal muscles of your pelvic floor for real life demands. You do not need to live with these frustrating symptoms. We can help.
Functional Pelvic Floor Strength Assessment
Floor of Your Core
This program is especially designed to help women with severe pelvic floor dysfunction.
The Floor of Your Core builds the foundational strength of your internal core and specifically your pelvic floor muscles and gradually integrates that essential strength into your everyday life. This program helps anyone struggling with stress or urge incontinence, pelvic prolapse, constipation, pelvic pain and instability or pain with intimacy. Our approach is beyond Kegels and focuses on the functional strength and resiliency of these essential postural muscles.
Floor of Your Core Online Program includes:
- Over 5 hours of video education.
- Step-by-step instructions for each week.
- Core and pelvic floor exercises, alignment retraining, and everyday strategies for rebuilding functional pelvic floor strength.
- Downloadable handouts for stretches and exercises.
- Access to private client-only Facebook forum for personal support.
*Content included in this online program is equivalent to 5-6 clinic sessions.
Add a Skype session with a core rehabilitation specialist for even more personalized instruction.