The importance of strength training and conditioning is self-evident. Nowadays people take great interest in fitness and that is supported by a growth in gym and home exercise utilisation. Despite this, there is very little awareness of the importance of pelvic floor fitness. The average person has some understanding of the relationship between strength training and basic movement such as running, jumping and lifting. At the same time, the relationship between the pelvic floor neuromuscular conditioning and its related functions- bladder control, sexual function, bowel control, and the support of the reproductive organs- is unclear at best.
We all heard this term but do we really know what it means?
Pelvic floor muscles are the layer of muscles that support the pelvic organs and span the bottom of the pelvis. The pelvic organs are the bladder and bowel in men, and bladder, bowel and uterus in women. The diagram below shows the pelvic organs and muscles in women (right) and men (left).