Lower Back Pain and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
What is the connection between lower back pain and pelvic floor dysfunction?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that extend from the front of the pelvis to the coccyx bone in the back. They are the muscles that hold your pelvic organs — including your bladder, uterus, and rectum — in place.
The pelvic floor muscles also control the output of urine and faeces. If you have a pelvic floor dysfunction, your pelvic floor muscles are not working properly to control that output, which can cause incontinence.
If the pelvic floor cannot adequately support the organs above it, the result can be a pelvic organ prolapse.
Many people who have a pelvic floor dysfunction also experience lower back pain, and many people who experience lower back pain often have a pelvic floor dysfunction.
Back pain and pelvic floor dysfunction are so closely related because all the muscles that support the pelvic floor must also work to support and protect the spine.
Many people assume that core muscles are only made up of the abdominal muscles. But in fact, our core is made up of four walls: the abdominals, the Para spinal muscles in the back, the breathing diaphragm, and the pelvic floor. If there is dysfunction in any one of these areas, it can affect the entire pelvic core, causing weakness, pain, and even injury.
People with lower back pain tend to have significantly lower pelvic floor muscle function compared to those without lower back pain.
Also, stress urinary incontinence is greatly increased in women with lower back pain due to insufficient activation of the postural muscles.
Those most at risk for PFD are athletes, prenatal and postpartum women, people who have had a pelvic or back surgery and men who have had prostate surgery.
Core strengthening is one of the most helpful things you can do for PFD. Yoga, Pilates, and barre can all be helpful.
There is also core-strengthening EMSella chair, which uniquely targets the pelvic floor giving you 11,200 perfectly preformed Kegel exercises in 28 minutes while you remained fully clothed, addressing the needs of the lumbopelvic anatomy and working all the pelvic core muscles in functional unison. This leads to a stronger core that can not only end lower back pain, but also improve posture, build endurance, eliminate incontinence, improve sexual enjoyment, strengthen abs, and alleviate other problems related to a weak pelvic core.
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