To Kegel Or Not To Kegel?
One of the hallmarks of Women's Healthcare is kegels, aka pelvic floor exercises.
Kegels have been prescribed to women for over 50 years to manage all sorts of women's health issues including bladder leakage, difficulty urinating, pelvic pain, constipation... you name it!
But did you know, that doing pelvic floor exercises/kegels, could actually be the cause of some of these common women's health issues?
What the doctors don't know, is that pelvic floor muscles are like any other muscle in the body in the sense that they have to relax in order to contract.
Think about it... if you wanted to grab a pen, you'd have to contract your hand muscles, right? And the only way you can contract your hand muscles is if your hand starts from an open position and then tightens around the pen.
Go ahead and try to pick up a pen with a closed hand... you can't!
Well, the same goes for your pelvic floor.
If your pelvic floor muscles are already in a contraction, then you can't do a contraction!
The secret to doing kegels/pelvic floor contractions is to start from a relaxed position.
When you start in a relaxed position (like your hand starting in an open position), you can then effectively tighten your muscles to do a kegel (grab the pen).
Then, it's just as important to relax after the contraction.
Back to the pen analogy: Now that you have the pen in your hand, can your hand be used for anything else?
Nope! Not unless you put the pen down so your hand is free to do something else.
If your pelvic floor doesn't relax after doing a contraction, then it also can't be used for something else - things like holding in your pee, having pleasurable sex, or emptying your bladder all the way when you pee.
Not relaxing your pelvic floor muscles on a regular basis is one of the most common causes of pelvic pain, constipation, bladder issues and even low back pain!
Here's a quick way you can help your pelvic floor muscles relax:
Every hour throughout the day, relax your jaw, chest, stomach, vagina and butthole. (Yes, I wrote butthole!) 😆😳🤔
This will help your pelvic floor muscles relax from the activities of the day so they are ready to work for you when you need them, like the next time you have to pee. 🙌🏼
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