The Importance Breathing has on the Pelvic Floor

Just What Effect Does Breathing Have On The Pelvic Floor

Why Does Breathing Effect the Pelvic Floor?

During pregnancy the baby pushed the diaphragm up, pushed out on the core and down on the pelvic floor. This effected the whole breathing system. It also made the normal functions of the canister weaker and malfunction, which will be discussed in more detail later in the blog. Until the canister becomes evenly strong on each side (360degrees) women should avoid doing strenuous exercises as they cannot regulate the intra-abdominal pressure correctly which leads to weakness and potential injury.  Most postpartum women that are experiencing issues typically have:

Core Imbalance + Ineffective Diaphragm + Ineffective or Overworked Pelvic Floor

These are the foundation for our system!

Breathing

Pelvic Floor – Diaphragm

The pelvic floor and diaphragm move together in sync. Before pregnancy this generally works perfectly without even having to think about it. But due to the trauma that the body has been through from carrying a baby for 9 month and then childbirth. After pregnancy women need just a little bit of help getting back on track, so that everything can return to its normal function. Your canister can become much stronger with the right education and rehab, which will leave you more adapt to handle anything.

Why The Diaphragm Plays Such a Big Role?

The diaphragm is the principal muscle for breathing. When the diaphragm is contracted, it causes inspiration, and when the diaphragm is relaxed, it causes expiration. The diaphragm can be affected by the contraction of abdominal muscles. The diaphragm, pelvic floor and core muscle are in control of maintaining intra-abdominal pressure. The right amount on intra-abdominal pressure is proven to help stabilize the spine. But if the pressure is controlled evenly in the canister that’s when something has to give, such a prolapse or a diastasis. The diaphragm and pelvic floor work in sync, when you inhale the diaphragm is contracted down and when the pelvic floor relaxes down and vice versa on exhalation.

This is why breathing is such a big part of rehabilitation. It helps restore the pelvic floor to its natural function which was lost during pregnancy.

 

 

3 Floors or Diaphragms in the Body

– Floor of the Mouth

– Respiratory Diaphragm

– Pelvic Floor

The connection and alignment of these three areas can be very important for correct function.

Canister
  • The roof of the canister is the diaphragm.

 

  • The sides of the canister are the transverse abdominis and the multifidus (core muscles).

 

  • The bottom of the canister are the Pelvic Floor muscles.

What is the Core Canister?

The core canister is in charge of regulating core pressure. Core pressure is the amount of intra-abdominal pressure needed to keep your spine safe and healthy. Too little pressure and it’s possible to suffer from disc herniation’s and back pain. Too much and it’s possible to suffer from hernias or pelvic organ prolapse. Pressure can also change minute by minute. Go from no pressure to too much pressure. The goal is moderation. One should have just enough core pressure to handle the task at hand.

 

 

Too much pressure

Too much pressure can cause hernias, pelvic floor issues, and reflux. The pressure goes out from the weakest points. Common to create too much pressure for difficult tasks as well as just difficulty with regulation. Therefore it is believed it is necessary to be strong enough to handle any task and to be educated on how the spread the load out evenly throughout you canister.

If you wish to learn more about this check out the follow up to this blog ‘Why You May Be Leaking’.

To book an appointment or if you have any queries contact Megan on 0873837866 or megan@painandperformanceclinic.ie