Pelvic floor muscle training exercises can strengthen the muscles under the uterus, bladder and bowel. They can help both men and women who have bladder and bowel control problems. You should feel movement in the muscles: the vaginal area, around the urethra or anus. It is an upward movement. You should not feel other areas of your legs, hips, or pelvis move or lift. It is important to keep other muscles relaxed while performing a pelvic floor muscle exercise. However, many situations exist which creates a different picture. Sometimes, the pelvic floor muscles are held tight and cannot relax or let go. Because this is often not recognized by the individual, it might appear there are no contractions.
Marita Dowsett, B.P.T.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapist