YOUR PELVIC FLOOR
Your pelvic floor is made up of muscles and connective tissues at the bottom of your pelvis. It supports the pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, and rectum) during rest and activity, it controls the elimination of waste (bladder and bowel movements), plays a huge role in sexual function, and provides stabilization of the spine as a part of the core canister (see below). A strong pelvic floor creates a strong foundation for all movement.
I'll be honest - I didn't think about my pelvic floor until after I'd had a baby! No one talks about pelvic floor health because it feels private and can even feel a bit embarrassing.
Here's the thing though: whether you've had a baby or not, pelvic floor health is important and relevant. And there is no shame in talking about prolapse, or incontinence, or painful sex. We need to talk about these things MORE.
Whether you delivered your baby vaginally or via c-section it is possible that you may have some pelvic floor issues. Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) refers to a pelvic floor that may have weak or tight muscles or tears in the connective tissue causing prolapse, incontinence, painful sex, and even hip and back pain.
The core canister consists of the diaphragm at the top and the pelvic floor on the bottom, as well as the abdominal wall in the front and the deep spinal stabilizers in the back, called the multifidus muscle. When we move efficiently, all parts of the core canister work together.
When we keep good alignment and use the core-connection breath, we allow the core canister to function optimally. This is because when your ribcage is stacked over your hips your diaphragm is stacked over your pelvic floor. When you breathe in this position the diaphragm and pelvic floor can work together in harmony.