What’s up Down There?! By Rachelle Gura

Right now as you are reading this, relax all the way to your groin you know, the area between your tailbone and pubic bone.  Okay, now let’s continue. After decades of women being told kegel exercises are the only therapy your pelvic floor requires, the pelvic floor is finally receiving the attention it deserves! Now the question is, are YOU giving yours the attention it desperately needs? You might have symptoms you joke about with your friends, ‘after giving birth every time I sneeze, I pee’. Perhaps the symptoms might be too taboo to even mention ‘I have pain during sex’ or ‘I feel something protruding when I wipe’.

Pelvic dysfunction symptoms expand to:

  • not being able to go (incontinence)
  • having to go right now (urgency)
  • a numbness or tingling sensation that is not a yeast infection (nerve entrapment)
  • erectile dysfunction (in men)
  • back, hip pain and weak core function

Historically the only advice given to strengthen the pelvic floor is to do kegels. In truth, dysfunction is often a result of muscles actually being too hypertonic (tight), so adding a strengthening exercise on top of strained muscles will only make the issues worse. In addition, almost any woman I ask were never taught how to do an a proper kegel contraction. On the flip side, other muscles are not engaging at all making it impossible to add tone to the tissues because you aren’t able to connect to them.  These issues affect all of us, mothers, young women, and men of all ages. If you sit a lot, have given birth, lift heavy things, are an avid runner or do mula bandha in your Yoga classes, chances are you would greatly benefit from pelvic floor training or therapy. Due to the explosion of pelvic floor issue awareness in the wellness community, there are now physical therapist who specialize in this area. These therapist do internal examination and therapy, it gets very personal! In adjunct to medical attention, your exercise is an important health component. Here at YogaVision we place such importance on proper movement therapy we will be offering classes specifically designed to address these issues. Keep connected and look out for part two!