Tight Pelvic Floor Muscles

Tight Pelvic floor muscles

Tight Pelvic Floor Muscles is a condition in which the pelvic floor muscles are too tense and tight. It can occur in both women and men.

Possible causes:
Anxiety and stress – much like stress can be held in the jaw or neck muscles
Shallow breathing and breath holding patterns
Over-activity of the abdominal and core muscles
A protective response to perceived threat
These muscles may have been over-active and too tight for many years, and often cause problems that you may have struggled with for years, but can remain un-identified unless the muscles are specifically palpated and assessed during an internal (vaginal or rectal) exam.

Symptoms of an over-active pelvic floor:
Urinary urgency, frequency, difficulty voiding or emptying, poor stream, increased night time urination
Bowel urgency, constipation, straining, difficulty emptying,
Painful urination and/or painful bowel movements
Sexual dysfunctions: pain during or after intercourse, during or after ejaculation, reduced libido
Pain in the lower abdomen, bladder, bowel, low back, sacrum, tailbone, sacro-iliac or hip joints

An over-active pelvic floor is frequently found in people with these conditions:
Chronic pelvic pain (women and men)
Dyspareunia (painful sex)
Vulvodynia (vulvar pain)
Chronic prostatitis
Pudendal neuralgia
Interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome)Enter your text here...