By our very own Holly Koch.
Did you know that breathing well is connected to pelvic health? A very important functional relationship exists between the respiratory diaphragm and the pelvic floor. Together, they work to provide stability in our bodies and regulate pressure in our abdomen. As we inhale, the lungs become filled with air causing the diaphragm to descend and flatten. When we are breathing effectively, the pelvic floor descends in coordination with the diaphragm which can lengthen and relax the pelvic muscles. Being able to relax the musculature in this way can equate to less discomfort and tension for men and women with pelvic pain issues.
Though we are always breathing, sometimes we aren’t breathing in a way that maximizes the effect of the relationship between the diaphragm and the pelvic floor. This may be a result of several factors including anxiety, sucking in our bellies, or even prolonged seated postures.
If you wonder how your breathing could improve your pelvic floor health, don’t hesitate to contact us and ask to work with one of our physical therapists who specializes in pelvic health!