Three Pelvic Floor Myths
I am just so amazed that so many of my friends and ladies who come to my classes do have issues in the under-carriage department. Why are we putting up with it? Why should we put up with it?
Well, you don’t.
Lets start with some myth busting.
MYTH 1 – Pelvic Floor issues are normal after child birth
FACT: IT IS COMMON – BUT IT’S NOT NORMAL.
To say something is normal is to accept that it is inevitable and that there is nothing to be done to change it.
This is similar to saying that knee injuries are normal in aerobics instructors. The prevalence of knee injuries is high, and is common, but it is not accepted as a normal injury. Let’s stop normalizing something that can be treated.
Myth 2 – Only Women have pelvic floor dysfunction
FACT: MEN AND CHILDREN HAVE PELVIC FLOORS TOO.
Their anatomy is very similar to the female anatomy. Pelvic floor dysfunction comes in many different forms, and does not just include incontinence. Anyone at any age can experience pelvic floor dysfunction.
Some common pelvic floor dysfunctions include:
- Urinary Incontinence
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Painful intercourse
- Pain around the vulva and vestibule in women
- Chronic non-bacterial Prostititis (inflammation of the prostate-men only)
- Nocturnal Enuresis (Bed wetting)
MYTH 3: ALL PELVIC HEALTH CONCERNS ARE RELATED TO WEAKNESSES IN THE PELVIC FLOOR
FACT: THERE ARE TYPICALLY TWO TYPES OF PELVIC FLOORS THAT CAN CAUSE DYSFUNCTION.
The first is a hypOtonic pelvic floor, or, low muscle tone (which means it can be too loose). This type of pelvic floor will experience issues related to incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
The second is a hypERtonic pelvic floor, or, muscles that are too tight. This type of pelvic floor issue usually relates to urgency, frequency, constipation and pain with intercourse.
For a muscle to be functional, it must be able to both contract and relax, just like any other muscle in your body.