It is well documented that a woman's pelvic floor muscles are a vital component in maintaining control of her bladder and bowel, supporting her pelvic organs, and assisting in sexual function and lower back support.
At IvoryRose Physiotherapy, we are aware that it is not uncommon for women to experience difficulty in locating their pelvic floor muscles. Often we see that women need guidance in finding their “internal muscles” and avoiding overuse of the accessory muscles such as the surrounding buttocks and stomach. When performing a pelvic floor contraction, ideally you should feel both a squeeze and a lift component, be able to maintain this contraction for an acceptable period of time (e.g. 10 seconds), and be able to coordinate the use of these muscles for more intense activities such as sneezing or coughing.