Incontinence and Kegels: Why We Need to Start Talking About Our Pelvic Floor

Is it socially polite to talk about our pelvic floor muscles? If you are finding it hard to jump on a trampoline (hello, Bounce Fit!) or laugh hysterically without urinary  incontinence, then yes, this is a conversation to be had. More common than you think, incontinence and prolapse affects millions of women worldwide. In fact, you’d be surprised to know that men too can suffer from a weakened pelvis.

But first, what is the pelvic floor?

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Pelvic ‘Shpelvic’

Why the fuss around a pelvic floor, you ask? As we age and have kids, the conversation about our pelvis seems to become an all important one. This pelvic floor, houses muscles and organs such as the bladder and bowel in men, and an added uterus in women. The urethra and anus also pass through the pelvic floor muscles. It is these muscles that can sometimes become weak especially in women, post pregnancy and child birth.

Weakened muscles can lead to a prolapse effect and incontinence of the bladder, making you literally pee your pants, so to say.  But there’s more to a weakened pelvis than just being an embarrassment – they can also cause serious issues such as back ache, constipation and painful sex.

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Erm, where are mine?

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not so tough to find these muscles. Lie down and imagine you are squeezing your muscles to stop the flow of urine from the body. Yes, those right there are your pelvic muscles! While this is the most simplistic explantation of how to locate your pelvic powerhouse, it is important to find out how they have been affected – especially if you are suffering from severe incontinence. In most cases, your doctor will recommend Kegel exercises and with a bit of diligence, you can build them back to strength again.

Kegel your muscle to strength

You’ve definitely heard of Kegel exercises, named after the doctor who spoke at length about the importance of the pelvic floor. These exercises involve repeatedly contracting and relaxing of the pelvis, thereby strengthening those muscles. Each of us (men or women) should aim to do Kegel exercises every day. Discreet in nature, you can easily spread them out – buying groceries, riding a cab or even while waiting for a meeting!

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Magnetic Sculpting is here to help

If you need a little help with pelvic muscle work, technology is at hand. Functional Magnetic Sculpting has been used widely for treating neuropathic diseases and plexopathies and to stop muscle atrophy thereby increasing blood circulation – especially useful when it comes to muscle rehab. Working as a Kegel stimulator, Functional Magnetic Sculpting tightens, strengthens and tones pelvic floor muscles, taking care of all the issues you’ve been facing. FMS is comfortable and can even be applied over your clothes without any direct contact to skin. There’s no pain or downtime either.

But remember, it does not replace exercise! The doctors at SW1 Clinic highly recommend continuing your home Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic muscles, in an accelerated manner.

Just because it’s embarrassing, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about the pelvic floor. In fact discussion and education are the first steps towards getting your pelvic muscles in order.

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