Tight pelvic floor muscles are a thing! Are you doing all the squeezing and lifting for your pelvic floor and still finding one or more of the following symptoms?
- Leaking during exercise or sneezing or laughing
- Little relief from your prolapse symptoms
- Things are a little uncomfortable during sex
- Stiffness or tightness in your lower back / glutes / inner thighs / even your jaw
Maybe your pelvic floor muscles are holding too much tension?
Yup, that’s a thing!
We tend to jump to thinking that pelvic floor issues are down to a weak pelvic floor (and often that is the case), but too much tension can mean that your muscles are working harder than they need to and might not be able to do the right thing at the right time;
- Not able to contract when needed e.g. stop you from leaking during a sneeze
- Not able to relax when needed e.g. during sex or inserting a tampon
The reasons for this can be physiological and / or psychological, showing that how we think can actually influence our pelvic floor! WOW
If this sounds like you then a Women’s Health Physio can assess you to make sure you are getting the right balance of strengthening and relaxation.
You can also try some lovely deep breathing and relaxation exercises. These can help reduce tension by 1) down regulating the nervous system 2) allowing some gentle stretching of the pelvic floor and surrounding muscles and 3) encouraging you to feel it is safe to relax and “let go” of your pelvic floor muscles.