Bethany: I read your blog post on Monday and learned that breathing is an important part of pelvic floor stability. I thought my pelvic floor were muscles, what does breathing have to do with it?
Adrien, Fitness on the Run: Breathing exercises are so integral to treating pelvic floor weakness. First, the pelvic floor muscles start at the bottom of the hips (“the trunk area”) and the diaphragm is the top. This entire area is part of what we call “core muscles” (the back is also part of the “core”). Everything between works together to support the pelvic floor.
Second, most people breathe shallowly which doesn’t allow for your muscles and organs to stay well oxygenated. Deep diaphragmatic breathing during the day will help your pelvic floor gain and sustain stability. When you add in exercise, coughing or sneezing it is common to “bear down” on our organs, for example your bladder. Regular practice of diaphragmatic breathing not only helps keep those sneezes from producing embarrassing moments, it is a great stress reliever throughout the day.
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