Can pelvic floor muscles get too tight?
As well as surrounding musculature, like the glutes, hamstrings, abs, back, diaphragm, etc.
Now let’s dive in a little deeper:
Musculature can be tight AND weak. Just because it’s tight, doesn’t mean it’s strong. Got that?
So what are some signs that this is what is happening with you?
1. You have trouble relaxing your pelvic floor for peeing and pooping. You strain to get your pee out and tend to be constipated.
2. You get wicked (<-- Northeast girl) urge to pee even when there isn’t much in the tank (peeing for only 3 or 4 seconds) and you notice you pee way more frequently than your friends or family members.
3. You have low back, hip, or pelvic pain that isn’t explained by an injury or other musculoskeletal issue.
4. You have pain down there with peeing, pooping, or sex.
Well, what do you do?!
1. Get checked out by your doc to rule out other issues and get a diagnosis.
2. Get assessed by a pelvic floor physical therapist to see if your pelvic floor truly is tight/short causing these issues and get on a treatment plan to improve the mobility and function of your floor.
3. Work on your breathing and flexibility with a personal trainer, progressing into core and postural strengthening to develop a functional system to support your floor.
4. Adjust your bladder habits by sitting on the toilet, breathing, relaxing those pelvic floor muscles, elevating your feet on a stool and managing stress.
You can also join the Bladder Queens Facebook Group to get a little pelvic floor mobility workout to try! Join with this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/323366505265094/