Pelvic Floor Relaxation: What You Need To Know

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Pelvic floor relaxation is a key concept for pelvic floor muscle strength and control, but what does it mean? It sounds so simple: relaxing the pelvic floor muscles. Unfortunately, pelvic floor relaxation is not so easy, but the benefits are numerous.

Assuming that most readers here are concerned with urinary incontinence (if you aren't, then you should perhaps reevaluate your web browsing habits). Instinctively, having tight pelvic floor muscles would allow greater control over urination because the muscles wouldn't move as much, therefore allowing less urine to leak. Doctors, please put the pitchforks down; I know how silly I just sounded.

Here’s the reality: when your pelvic floor muscles are too tight, the bladder cannot relax normally, meaning that the flow of urine is going to be irregular.

This allows little drops or whizzing of urine to drip through, giving you the feeling of constantly needing to urinate or causing you to leak bits of pee when you sneeze or cough. This condition is known specifically as stress urinary incontinence, appropriately named for the extreme stress that the pelvic floor muscles have undergone.

Breaking it down: think about how cramped and tight you feel after a long car journey. Our muscles are extremely versatile; they are able to adapt to a number of circumstances, and not always to our benefit.

If a muscle isn't used for long periods of time, or if its full range of motion isn't utilized, it adapts, tightening up and losing strength.

Because of the many muscles and complicated organ systems in and around the pelvic floor, these effects are more noticeable than other areas of the body. Engaging in pelvic floor relaxation can reduce and possible even reverse these effects. Your bladder can stretch and expand normally, allowing it to better retain urine and allowing other organs the space to function properly.

When you perform a pelvic floor muscle exercise, like the Kegel, you are supposed to relax before doing the next set. Resting and relaxing is an incredibly important part of the exercise. Overworking a muscle can have reverse effects than what you want! Make sure that you are able to relax and rest those muscles as easily as you are able to hold and exercise them. 

Pelvic floor relaxation is far easier said than done, especially if you have muscle atrophy. There are kegels, vaginal weights, etc., but why choose older, more difficult methods when you have a device like the Yarlap®? Instead of grunting, sweating, and guessing your way to better bladder control, you can hang out and relax. Pelvic floor relaxation is important, ladies; don't let it daunt you.

Charlotte Bee