Physical and Occupational Therapy

Pelvic Health and Yoga. What’s the Connection?

Yoga has many benefits including helping to relieve muscle stiffness and soreness with stretching, improving range of motion and aiding in relaxation. 

Yoga can also aide in the treatment of pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions such as pelvic pain (painful sex, post-surgical pain) voiding dysfunctions (urinary or bowel leakage, retention and constipation) and complications following child birth, to name a few. Muscle tension or tightness is a common symptom of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. Tightness in the muscle can compromise blood flow and lead to pain. Yoga can greatly aide in stretching tight muscles. 

Another important component of yoga is breath work. Breath work is an important part of treatment of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. The breathing diaphragm and pelvic floor muscles work in coordination with each other. As you inhale, the pelvic floor muscles expand which allows for pelvic floor muscle release improving relaxation and blood flow. 

Regular practice of yoga can aide in pelvic floor muscle dysfunction treatment in helping to stretch and relax muscles.

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