Why are pelvic floor muscles (PFMs) important for men?
Men of all ages should have strong pelvic floor muscles – it has long been recognised the role of the PFMs is of concern to women, particularly following childbirth – but for men, it is a subject hardly ever discussed or even regarded as significant for them.
Where are the PFMs?
They are thin sheets of muscles stretching like a hammock from the tailbone at the back to the pubic bone at the front and through which the urinary tract and bowel pass.
What do they do?
- Provide support for the pelvic and lower abdominal organs
- Provide control for the opening and closing of the bladder and bowel
- Assist abdominal and back muscles to support your spine – major prevention for low back pain
What do strong pelvic floor muscles mean for you?
- Minimises the occurrence of the bladder and/or bowel incontinence when coughing, sneezing or lifting and as you age
- Promotes good control when you need to “go” urgently
- Helps reduce back pain
- Increases social confidence and quality of life by having good bladder and bowel control
It must be emphasised: if you are experiencing any changes in your normal bladder or bowel habits you must have them checked out by your family GP.
If you would like to discuss this topic in confidence, phone Southside Physiotherapy and make an appointment on 9527 4099.