Overactive Pelvic Floor – Why Too Much Pelvic Floor is Not the Answer!
Today I am chatting with our PregActive Women’s Health Physiotherapist Beth Scott about Overactive Pelvic Floor.
Women’s Health Physiotherapist Beth Scott discusses how having pelvic floor muscles that are too strong is not necessarily a good thing and can lead to problems.
Beth discusses why too much pelvic floor is not the answer! Determining if the pelvic floor muscles are overactive or underactive is crucial when it comes to treatment. Exercising an overactive pelvic floor can lead to serious pain and nerve irritation.
Underactive Pelvic Floor
Exercising an underactive pelvic floor can lead to significant improvements in core strength and lower back, sacroiliac, and hip joint function.
When you are pregnant, you need to perform pelvic floor exercises so that your pelvic floor muscles stay strong. This will help to maintain better bladder control and reduce your risk of prolapse.
What is an Overactive Pelvic Floor?
An overactive pelvic floor is when the pelvic floor muscles have difficulty relaxing and therefore are constantly held in a slightly contracted state.
When you tighten your abs, the pelvic floor muscles inside your pelvis tighten too. These pelvic floor muscles need to relax to wee and allow penetration for sex. Tight muscles that don’t relax can cause pain and the pelvic floor muscles are no exception.
If these pelvic floor muscles do not relax when you go to wee, your flow may not start straight away or it may be slow.
Do you get pelvic area pain with intercourse?
It could be that you have overactive pelvic floor muscles. Please book an appointment to see your doctor.