Myths of exercising the pelvic floor muscles


No one is too old and everyone (men included!) can benefit from pelvic floor exercises. Pelvic floor muscles are important core muscles which help support the spine and control the pressure inside the abdomen.

Pelvic floor muscles need to be flexible to work as part of the “core”, which means that they need to be able to relax as well as lift and hold. But, we also need to caution you that constant bracing can lead to the muscles becoming excessively tight and stiff, which is not healthy either.

So, what are the myths and misconceptions of exercising these particular muscles?

  1. STOPPING THE FLOW OF URINE on the toilet is NOT an exercise but is one way of identifying the pelvic floor
  2. AGE is not a barrier to the benefits of pelvic floor muscle exercises: older people are just as likely to benefit from incontinence as younger people
  3. Having HAD A BABY, especially a big baby, does not mean the pelvic floor muscles are lost forever. Post-natal pelvic floor exercises will help find them again and cure the likelihood of urinary incontinence
  4. Yes, you too GENTLEMEN! Even men need strong pelvic floor muscles, not only to control bladder and bowel, but also to assist in your sexual function
  5. You do not need to SIT ON THE FLOOR to do the exercises! They are mostly done standing up which is also better for the control of urine leakage, usually necessary when upright

Our new Pelvic Floor video will show you how to engage and exercise these muscles: a bellicon and a medical ball is all you need. Follow Fayth’s instructions: exercising the pelvic muscles on a rebounder is a lower impact and less jarring cardio option than running or jumping, but much more fun too!

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