Most people who have been pregnant are very familiar with the importance of pelvic floor strength and stability, and most people think that Kegel exercises are the key to pelvic floor strength.
Yet, ask anyone who suffers from postpartum incontinence and they will probably tell you they have done Kegels faithfully with little improvement. This is likely due to a little-understood fact about the pelvis. The pelvic floor is comprised of several muscles that attach in an approximate circle around the lower part of the pelvis. In order for these muscles to function properly, however, they rely on the muscles on the outside of the pelvis (namely the gluteus muscles) to provide resistance. It’s a give-and-take relationship. If one muscle group is weaker than the other, neither muscle group can adequately perform its function.
One easy way to strengthen the glutes and help restore balance to the pelvis is to do squats. Properly performed squats should be felt in the glutes and the quads. Another great exercise for the glutes is leg lifts – where you lay on your side and lift and lower your top leg several times before switching sides.
Of course, if your pelvis is structurally imbalanced or shifted, exercises alone may not be enough to restore full function to your pelvic floor. To determine whether you're experiencing pelvic Structural Shift, talk to our doctors today.
Getting checked for pelvic Structural Shift and adding these simple exercises into your current regime can make a big difference in your pelvic floor function.