Pelvic floor muscle weakness is more common than you think, and it may be the missing link in your injury recovery.

“When you strengthen the core, remember the floor”, Dr Melissa Davidson.

The pelvic floor is a hammock-like group of muscles between your pubic bone, tail bone, and sit-bones. The pelvic floor muscles support your pelvis and pelvic organs.

If your pelvic floor muscles are not strong and healthy, low back pain; incontinence; and compromised sexual function are some of things that can develop.

If this is you, it is important for you to know that there is help available.

A physiotherapist with post-graduate training in pelvic health can assess your pelvic floor muscle health and strength, and teach you correct pelvic floor exercise technique.

Pelvic floor muscle training is a valuable part of any exercise programme. It is not just for people who already have symptoms, it is for everyone!

People who identify with the following are at increased risk of pelvic floor muscle problems…

- Men who have had, or are going to have prostate surgery

- Pregnant women

- Women who have had children

- Postmenopausal women

- People who participate in high impact, or jumping sports

- People who have recurrent low back pain

- People who are hypermobile

- People with a chronic cough

Click here to find a pelvic health physiotherapist near you, or ask me about it and I can refer you to someone who can help you.

Written by Ilana Hadfield