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Do You Believe in these 5 Pelvic Health Myths? 

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When it comes to overall health, there is one area that is often overlooked or under-discussed: pelvic health. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the importance of taking care of their pelvic floor muscles.

My name is Dr. Brooke Kalisiak. I am a pelvic physical therapist and I want to dispel some of the most common pelvic health myths. 

MYTH 1:  Only women experience pelvic health issues.

Truth: Although, more common in women, nen can suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction too. Poor posture, weight gain, injury or chronic illnesses can affect men’s pelvic floor muscles in ways similar to those suffered by female patients. 

MYTH 2: Pelvic health only matters after giving birth.

Truth: While pregnancy or childbirth is certainly a major contributing factor for weakened pelvic muscles, it’s important to note that any kind of physical trauma or surgery can also impact how your pelvic floor muscles function. Poor posture and lack of exercise can lead to weaker core and hip muscles which contribute to an overall weakening in the area. Even if you have never given birth before, it is still important to know how you should take care of your own individual needs when it comes to your body’s most intimate areas.

MYTH 3: Bladder leakage is something that only happens as we get older.

Truth: Not necessarily! For both men and women who do not suffer from any major medical conditions like diabetes or multiple sclerosis, urinary incontinence often occurs due to weak pelvic floor muscles which don’t provide adequate support for bladder control. The good news is that all adult individuals — regardless of age — can benefit from simple exercises designed specifically for strengthening this area. 

MYTH 4: Pelvic health issues only affect older people.

Truth: Although age can be a factor in the development of pelvic health issues, it is not the only factor. Poor lifestyle choices and underlying medical conditions that weaken the muscles around the hip and core area, as well as any kind of physical trauma or surgery, can also lead to weakened pelvic floor muscles for people of all ages.

MYTH 5: Pelvic floor weakness is the only dysfunction people can experience. 

Truth: The pelvic floor muscles can also become too tight which can  cause unwanted symptoms. Pelvic floor muscles that are too tight can contribute to urinary, bowel, and sexual dysfunction and/or pelvic pain. If the pelvic floor muscles are too tight, strengthening exercises, like Kegels, are not appropriate. It is important to see a pelvic floor specialist to determine what exercises and treatment are appropriate for your specific needs.

So, prior to reading this article, did you think some of this myths and misconceptions about pelvic health were true? You are not alone. Hopefully now  you realize that pelvic health is something that every person should take note of. 

If you are wondering about your pelvic health or already experiencing any pelvic health symptoms like: bladder leakage, constipation, pelvic pressure, pelvic pain, or pain with sex, reach out to reserve your free pelvic health discovery session at Legacy Physical Therapy.