Susan Winograd PT
Reverse Kegels: How to Relax Your Pelvic Floor
Pelvic floor muscle strengthening exercises are most commonly referred to as Kegels. The purpose of "Regular" Kegel exercises is to strengthen pelvic floor muscle that are weak. This would likely help people that have weak pelvic floor muscles, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence and/or the inability to hold back gas. But .....what if your pelvic floor muscles are too tight or in spasm? Click Here Doing kegels if your pelvic floor muscles are in spasm can actually make your symptoms worse. It can lead to more pain and bowel/ bladder dysfunction, and increase pain for people experiencing discomfort during intercourse. Reverse kegels or pelvic drops are the opposite of regular kegels. These should be performed for people who have tight pelvic floor muscles and can help to ease pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, urinary leaking, constipation and/or incomplete evacuation. The purpose of these exercises is to relax, lengthen , and let go of pelvic floor muscles. Using visual imagery can be very helpful when performing a reverse kegel. Click Here It can be challenging to connect with a group of muscles we cant see from the outside of the body. However, If our brain has a picture or a feeling to connect with it can help to perform the correct movement more easily and more effectively. For example, Imagine the feeling you have as you are releasing a bowel movement or starting the flow of urine. This is the feeling of the pelvic floor relaxing and "letting Go." Click Here Now to Watch this video to learn how to perform a reverse kegel. P.S. Learn more about pelvic health and wellness by clicking here NOW to subscribe to my YouTube channel, Pelvicore Plus..... Where we believe " Pelvic Health and Wellness requires a Total Body Approach."