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Do These 4 Moves To Relax Tight Pelvic Floor Muscles

Signs Your Pelvic Floor Muscles Are Too Tight

If you have an overactive pelvic floor it’s highly likely that you will be experiencing some kind of persistent (chronic) pelvic pain. Pain coming from the pelvic floor can be felt around the sacroiliac joints, the pubic symphysis, groin, hamstrings, buttocks, iliotibial band and the abdominal and lower back muscles. You might even have tried some kind of treatment for pain in one of these areas that wasn’t effective and this could be because the pain is actually coming from your pelvic floor.

Other common symptoms include:

  • Sudden urges to urinate
  • A need to urinate often, even when your bladder isn’t very full
  • Difficulty starting the flow of urine
  • A sense of not being able to empty your bladder fully
  • Constipation
  • Coccyx pain (pain in your tailbone)
  • Painful intercourse or other sexual dysfunction (dyspanurenia)

Why Does This Happen?

The pelvic floor muscles not only help maintain continence but they also form one part of your ‘core’, a group of muscles that work together to support your pelvis and lower back.

Your core muscles have to respond fluidly and efficiently to meet the complex, high-impact demands of running. If another part of the core is weak or not working properly, your pelvic floor muscles have to work harder to compensate and support your pelvis. Over time, this can cause them to become tighter and eventually painful and weakened.

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