I first heard about Kegel muscles in college. My roommate with a deep southern accented read us an article about Kegel muscles out loud from a magazine. Due to her strong accent, we all thought she was saying “giggle” muscles. Based on what she was reading, that seemed like an appropriate name for those particular muscles. 😉
Fast forward about four years to physical therapy school, and I ended up learning a lot more about Kegel muscles than what could be read in a magazine. For example, did you know…
Kegel muscles are the pelvic floor muscles, or the base/foundation of our torsos that support our uterus, rectum, small intestine, and bladder.
Kegel muscles are relaxed when we urinate or defecate and are contracted when we are not urinating or defecating.
Kegel muscles can be stressed if we are obese, pregnant, coughing, sneezing, or move in faulty patterns that overstretch the muscles.
Kegel muscles are associated with incontinence, or leaking urine or fecal matter.
Kegel muscles are muscles that EVERY PERSON has, men and women. (i.e. men can leak urine as well! They just don’t talk about it as much)
Kegel muscles can be strengthened to prevent problems with incontinence…or even help achieve orgasm.
Kegel muscles work with synergistically with abdominal muscles.
Since these small muscles hold up our organs, function as the base and foundation of our bodies, and are so closely associated with frustrating medical conditions like incontinence, I thought it would be a good idea to do a series on the Kegel muscles.
Stay tuned to learn if you need to strengthen your Kegel muscles and how to go about doing that!
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