Stop Doing Kegels: Real Pelvic Floor Advice For Women (and Men)

By Amy Stein, DPT

You can never do too many Kegels, right? Wrong. Katy Bowman of the Restorative Exercise Institute discusses how to really strengthen your pelvic floor – during pregnancy and otherwise.

This is a great article explaining the overactive pelvic floor in relation to the gluteal muscles and the sacrum and why you shouldn’t do pelvic floor strengthening.  These men and women need pelvic floor lengthening and relaxation techniques to calm the muscles and the CNS, Central Nervous System.  Squatting helps open the pelvic floor during bowel movements and for women during delivery. There is a time and place for pelvic floor muscle strengthening. (Kegels). This is when there is pure weakness in the muscles and tissues without shortening or tightening. Skeletal misalignment needs to be addressed in both the underactive and the overactive pelvic floor in order to address any muscle imbalances, that could be causing weakness and/or overactivity.  All of this is described in my book, Heal Pelvic Pain, and many exercises and manual techniques are explained however seeking out an expert pelvic floor therapist is essential to assess and treat the dysfunctions.

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