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A Guide To Strengthening Your Pelvic Floor

A weak pelvic floor can cause a lot of issues in your life. You might find it difficult to hold urine, which creates incontinence issues. It can also create problems in your sex life. Thankfully, you don't have to simply let this happen, because your pelvic floor, like any other group of muscles in your body, can be strengthened and trained. To learn more about how you can bounce back from a weak pelvic floor and better your life in the process, read the following information, and consider working with a physical therapist

Put yourself on a regimen of exercises and build your lifestyle around strengthening these muscles

If you have a weak pelvic floor, the first thing you should do is look at your lifestyle and find ways to strengthen it on your own. For years, people have done kegel exercises and PC exercises in order to strengthen their pelvic floor, and these exercises are often recommended by physical therapists. These have been particularly useful for those who have given birth and want to get their pelvic floor strong again. 

To do these exercises, you first need to know where your pelvic floor muscles are located. The simplest way to find this out is to stop the stream of your urine. The muscles that stop your urine are the pelvic floor muscles, so engage these muscles the same way you would when using the restroom. Practice squeezing the muscles for a few seconds at a time and then letting them go. Do these every single day for about three sets of 10 and you will see significant progress. 

There are also plenty of devices you can purchase to help. You can purchase egg-shaped crystals that are inserted into the vagina throughout the day to build these muscle groups without even trying.

Get professional physical therapy to help strengthen your pelvic floor

Of course, physical therapy is a sound option that guarantees you'll build muscle and regain some strength. Physical therapists can put you on an entire regimen that includes resistance exercises, Kegels, squats, and more. They can also help you get your overall health in order, which is important since obesity can play a role in pelvic floor weakness. The more you look into building your pelvic floor, the sooner you can get past these incontinence issues. A physical therapist will cost between about $50 per hour and $150 per hour and can give you a series of exercises that work. 

Use these tips to start strengthening your pelvic floor.