Over-active Pelvic floor muscles

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Over-active Pelvic floor muscles

We are often told to do our kegels (pelvic floor squeezes) to keep our pelvic floor strong, and prevent leaking, particularly after children. But what if doing your pelvic floor exercises are making your symptoms worse?If you have tight over-active pelvic floor muscles (hypertonic) you may actually need to be doing more released based work for those muscles.Some symptoms you may get with over-active PF muscles:⠀⠀⠀

*Pelvic pain
*Painful inserting tampons
*low back pain
*Painful sex
*Urinary incontinence
*Incomplete emptying of the bladder
*incomplete emptying of the bowels
*Hip painStress can also aggravate symptoms

If you recognise any of these in yourself and your pelvic floor exercises don’t seem to be helping, I would always suggest either going to your GP or visiting a women’s health physio. There is so much that can be done to help.Breathe work and relaxation are really important. Visualisations and stretches that encourage your pelvic floor to let go. Cat/ cow is a great one to start with.

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