How Stress Affects the Pelvic Floor

Updated: May 28, 2019

Stress is often an unavoidable part of normal life. One way or another, it’s bound to affect you in small amounts.

Chronic stress on the other hand is far from healthy. Mostly, it affects your emotional well-being, but it can also wreak havoc on your pelvic floor.

How Does Stress Affect the Pelvic Floor?

Too much stress can inevitably damage your pelvic floor.

Withholding stress can cause your pelvic floor to become too tight. You could even be holding tension right now: breathe calmly and relax your jaw and muscles, better right? A build up of tension can cause you to bear down on your pelvic floor muscles.

If your pelvic floor is already weakened from high impact exercising like running, jumping and weight lifting, ageing or childbirth, this can be a recipe for disaster for your pelvic floor.

If you are unable to manage your stress, you can put yourself at risk for a variety of pelvic floor complications such as incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse or prostitas.

How Do I Know if My Pelvic Floor Muscles are Overactive?

If your pelvic floor has become damaged as a result of stress, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

How to Relax your Pelvic Floor?

Luckily, it’s not the end of the road. You can manage your stress and keep your pelvic floor strong and healthy – giving you one less thing to worry about. To relax your pelvic floor, you can try:

  • Relaxation exercises

  • Breathing Techniques

  • Relaxation programmes – The Kegel8 Ultra 20 electronic pelvic toner for women, and the Kegel8 V-For-Men electronic pelvic exerciser have a number of programmes that are clinically-designed to help you relax your pelvic floor. Remember, relaxation is just as important as exercise. Ultra 20's programme no.20 for relaxation and V-For-Men's programme no.08 for pelvic pain, in particular, are specially designed to relax your pelvic floor muscles - providing 20 glorious minutes of relief. What’s more – you don’t have to do a thing. With the push of a button you can sit back and relax.

  • Low impact exercise – To keep your body and mind healthy, try participating in some low impact exercise such as swimming, walking or gentle cycling. Pilates is also a great way to engage your core and your pelvic floor.

  • Get stronger from within – Get supplements for a quick and easy way to ensure that your internal health is in tip top condition.

When you’ve got a million and one things to take care of, your pelvic floor is probably the least of your concerns. But, a strong and healthy pelvic floor can help keep you supported both physically and mentally.


Original article: Kegel8 Website

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