Deep inside your body is a network of muscles, tendons, and ligaments attached to your pelvis, a group of bones at the bottom of your torso. Think of it as a flexible and adaptable system, similar to a trapeze, that helps hold your internal organs in place and yet is flexible enough to allow for a number of vital functions to occur, including coughing and sneezing, urination, defecation, intercourse and, of course, childbirth.
Meet your pelvic floor
Most of us are not aware of the complexity of our pelvic floor until it isn’t working as designed by nature. You might experience urinary or fecal leakage, urgency, constipation, burning, etc. Often, though, people notice something is wrong because of pain: pelvic pain that radiates up or down, painful intercourse, painful periods, etc. Some people experience muscle spasms, a sense of heaviness or pressure. In extreme cases, organ prolapse may appear.
What makes it more complicated is that any of these signs or symptoms can also be caused by other health issues not directly connected to the pelvic floor. So, a thorough examination by your physician is warranted. I know it’s a region of our bodies that many of us are uncomfortable touching or talking about, but your health should be your top priority.
Let’s talk to a pelvic floor expert
I recently had the opportunity to interview my friend and colleague, Dr. Sneha Gazi, a New York-based doctor of physical therapy, who specializes in helping people with pelvic floor issues. She shared a wealth of useful information about this area of the body and how it can affect your quality of life. We also spoke about her holistic approach to helping patients solve pelvic floor problems and regain their good health.
You can watch a replay of our conversation on my YouTube channel.