According to RYC and Lauren Ohayon, pelvic floor disorders are common issues that occur due to weakened or overly toned pelvic muscles. In some cases, this can occur during earlier stages of life but at times, symptoms may not present themselves until a woman has experienced certain stages of life (i.e. pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause).
RYC notes that one of the most common misconceptions surrounding pelvic floor disorder is that having a toned body does not equate to a healthy core or pelvic floor. In the case of overly toned pelvic floor muscles, the muscles remain in a shorter position – like that of a contracted muscle. This prevents the pelvis to function properly and can lead to a host of painful symptoms or health issues.
According to sources, some of the most common causes of PFD relate to applying excessive amounts of pressure into the abdomen or pelvic region. These reasons vary from pregnancy or birth to frequent bouts of constipation to chronic coughs or fits of sneezing. RYC states that although the pelvic region and muscles are out of sight, they can be controlled and engaged like any visible muscle region. Knowing how to properly engage these muscles and how they function can greatly aid in PFD prevention and future health.
If someone is suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction, RYC discusses the possible side-effects and symptoms of pelvic floor issues. These can range from urinary or rectal incontinence, pelvic, uterian, or rectal prolapse, painful muscle spasms, and even experiencing pain during physical intimacy These symptoms can often be embarrassing for women suffering from PFD. However, there are many ways someone suffering may find help and healing while learning to properly engage their pelvic floor.
Lauren and her team address three primary ways women can begin healing from PFD: pelvic floor education, proper breathing mechanics, and decreasing abdominal pressure – fixing pelvic alignment. In their blog article, RYC explains that being educated in how the pelvic floor works, how it functions, and how to properly engage your pelvic floor allows women to have greater bodily awareness in their daily activities. This can prevent developing harmful habits. These can include: improper posture, poor breathing mechanics, and even harmful exercises that promise to be a solution while increasing the damage to the pelvic floor.
When asked about how to properly engage in better daily habits, Lauren states:
“How you use your bodies on a daily basis can greatly affect your core and pelvic floor health as well as your joints, muscles, and bones. When it comes to clients with hypertonic pelvic floor, I always ensure that the integrity of their pelvic alignment is maintained or corrected, depending on their needs. One thing many people do without realizing it is pushing out their hips while in a standing posture. This unintentional shift can increase tension in the muscles of the pelvic floor. In the process of resolving pelvic alignment, we might work on hamstrings, upper back mobility, and more. It requires a whole-body approach, The process of relearning how to allow your bones to support you while you stand takes time, but is well worth the process.”
To learn more about pelvic floor issues and pelvic floor disorder, visit RYC’s website at: https://restoreyourcore.com/learn/pelvic-floor