Why Aren’t Your Kegels Working?
Frustrated that kegels are not resolving leakage or making a difference in your pelvic floor strength?
Don’t throw in the towel yet! Our next few posts will give you some ideas about why your “kegels” are not solving your problem (whatever that may be)!
#1 It’s time to address the function of your ENTIRE inner core vs. just your pelvic floor.
The pelvic floor is No Lone Ranger! Your pelvic floor does NOT do its best (or even adequate) work alone. The pelvic floor is part of a dynamic muscular system called the inner core. Our inner core consists of the diaphragm, transverse abdominis, multifidus, and you guessed it, the pelvic floor. These muscles are a TEAM, and they function best when they’re working together.
If the inner core were a house, the pelvic floor would be the foundation, the multifidus and transversus abdominis would be the walls, and the diaphragm would be the roof. Each structure in the house needs to be intact for it to do its job of creating shelter and shielding you from the elements. EACH part of the system has to maintain its integrity and work well for the system to be successful. The walls can’t do the job of the roof, and the roof would make a very poor foundation. Each part must do what it is uniquely designed to do for the home to be a safe, comfortable place to be.
The muscles of the deep core need to be strong, mobile, and coordinated WITH EACH OTHER to work well. Your kegels may not be working because your pelvic floor is already strong, but ANOTHER part of the house is broken – the roof is caved in or there is a wall completely blown out.
The team can’t win when some of the players don’t show up.
This is ONE reason why pelvic floor strengthening is now going beyond the kegel. Kegels only address one part of the whole!
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