The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that form a bowl to support your pelvic organs (bladder, uterus and bowels). These muscles play an important role in pelvic stability, preventing pelvic organ prolapse, sphincter function to maintain continence, sexual function, and decongestion (think of it as a lymphatic pump). If your bladder “leaks” when you cough, or you find yourself peeing more than sleeping throughout the night, you likely have dysfunction in your pelvic floor.
Our pelvic floor also works closely with our core muscles, our back muscles, our hip muscles and our diaphragm. Everything is related! Proper coordination and strengthening of the pelvic floor can help decrease the incidence of back pain and maintain hip mobility. You can also think of all these structures interacting to form a cannister. Breathing and the pelvic floor are highly interconnected and it is important to establish proper breathing patterns to manage the pressure in this cannister, and decrease the impact on our pelvic floor.