The 5 Functions of the Pelvic Floor

We in the biz call it the “5 S’s” πŸ™‚

When was the last time you thought about your pelvic floor? For many, the answer may be never. For someone like me, a pelvic PT, my job is to think about the pelvic floor daily! You can think about the pelvic floor like a hammock at the bottom of your pelvis. Here is a breakdown of what you need to know about the function of the pelvic floor.

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Your pelvic floor is an area that is responsible for so many of your bodily functions. Let’s break it down into the 5 functions, or the 5 S’s:

1. Support for the Internal Organs

The pelvic floor works help provide support for your pelvic organs, which include the bladder, uterus, and rectum.

2. Sphincter Control

Certain parts of the pelvic floor provide sphincter control for the bladder and bowel. This is extremely important to keep you free from leaks!

3. Sexual Function

The pelvic floor relaxes for penetration and contracts for orgasm.

4. Stability

The pelvic floor works together with the abdominal muscles, back muscles, and diaphragm to provide stability for your body. You can’t move your arms or legs well if you have an unsteady trunk.

5. Sump Pump

Your pelvic floor also helps bring lymph fluid from the lower legs back to the heart. This is important for circulation and overall health.

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In this post, we break down the 5 Functions of the pelvic floor!

Who knew the pelvic floor plays such a vital role in our health?! It really provides the provide the foundation for our bodies. The best part of the pelvic floor is that it is mainly made of up of endurance muscle fibers, so it is working even when you are not thinking about it. Take some time to think about the function of the pelvic floor. If you need a little help getting your pelvic floor jumpstarted, please give us a call or book online today!

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