Susan Winograd PT
Tuning into your Pelvic Floor for Relaxation
Did you know that 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 resolving pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, urinary leaking, constipation and/or incomplete evacuation. Click Here
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.
It can be challenging to connect with a group of muscles we cant see.
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."
Did you ever have jaw pain and then realize that you have been walking around with a clenched jaw??? Once you have an awareness of it.... you can consciously relax, loosen and let go of the tension. Click Here
Many people walk around clenching their pelvic floor muscles. This can lead to pain, perpetuate or increase pelvic pain and dysfunction.
In addition to doing reverse kegels I also recommend that my clients tune in to the pelvic floor muscles throughout the day and consciously let go of tension.
Visualize the feeling of letting go of urine, releasing your bladder or the feeling that you have right before having a bowel movement.
Click Here to learn how to tune into your pelvic floor for pelvic floor muscle relaxation. This can be an important component in a pelvic healing journey.