How to Treat Pelvic Floor Muscles

The inability to relax and coordinate your pelvic floor muscles to have a bowel movement is known as pelvic floor dysfunction. It can also be the inability to control gas or hold in stool. If you have pelvic floor dysfunction, you may feel:

  • A sense of incompleteness during a bowel movement;
  • A feeling of rectal fullness or blockage;
  • Constipation;
  • The sensation that you cannot fully empty your bowels;
  • A need to take a deep breath or bear down to start a bowel movement;
  • Straining during a bowel movement;
  • Pain with bowel movements;
  • The leakage of stool or gas.


The symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction can vary depending on the type of dysfunction you have. However, some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Urinary incontinence;
  • Fecal incontinence;
  • Pain during sex;
  • Lower back pain;
  • Pelvic pain.


There are several things you can do to treat pelvic floor dysfunction. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may need to see a doctor or pelvic floor physical therapist. read more

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