What is my Pelvic Floor?

Your pelvic floor is a broad sling of muscles, ligaments, and sheet-like tissues that stretch from your pubic bone at the front of your body to the base of your spine at the back. The pelvic floor is sometimes compared to a trampoline as it can stretch in response to weight. Unlike a trampoline however, it bears weight for a long time especially in certain situations for example during pregnancy.

Your pelvic floor supports your bladder, bowel, uterus, and gives control over emptying your bladder and bowel.  Having a weak pelvic floor makes it harder for you to create the muscle activity and sphincter control at the bottom of your bladder to prevent urine from escaping.  You may accidentally leak when you cough or sneeze (stress incontinence).  It may also mean that your bowel, bladder, uterus, and abdominal structures are not well supported, causing you to have a heavy dragging sensation.


Marita Dowsett, B.P.T.