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5 Vital Functions Supported by Your Pelvic Area

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Let's chat about something pretty amazing: your pelvic area, the unsung hero. It's doing some serious heavy lifting behind the scenes. Here are five essential bodily functions that your pelvic area supports like a champ:

  1. Steady Groundwork for Your Core: Your pelvic area forms the base of your core, which includes muscles in your abdomen, lower back, and pelvis. These muscles work together to provide stability and support for your spine and pelvis, allowing you to maintain good posture, balance, and mobility.

  2. Bladder Control and Continence: Within your pelvic area lies the pelvic floor, a group of muscles that form a sling-like structure supporting your pelvic organs, including the bladder. These muscles help control the release of urine and maintain continence. Strengthening and conditioning your pelvic floor muscles through exercises can improve bladder control and reduce the risk of urinary incontinence.

  3. Reproductive Health and Fertility: Your pelvic area houses vital reproductive organs such as the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes in women, and the prostate gland in men. These organs play essential roles in reproduction, menstruation, and hormone production. The pelvic bones also provide a protective enclosure for these organs, ensuring their proper function and health.

  4. Digestive Harmony: The muscles of your pelvic floor also play a role in maintaining bowel function and regulating bowel movements. They help control the passage of stool through the rectum and anus, preventing leakage and maintaining bowel continence. Proper pelvic floor function is essential for preventing issues like fecal incontinence and constipation.

  5. Sexual Well-being: Your pelvic area is intimately connected to sexual function and pleasure. In women, the pelvic floor muscles support the vagina, uterus, and other reproductive organs, contributing to arousal, lubrication, and orgasm during sexual activity. In men, these muscles help maintain erectile function and control ejaculation. A healthy pelvic floor can enhance sexual satisfaction and intimacy for people of all genders.

So, the next time you think about your health and well-being, don't forget to give a nod of appreciation to your pelvic area. It's a true unsung hero, quietly supporting you in more ways than you might realize.



About Michelle

Michelle is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Webb Physical Therapy, located in Lawrence, Kansas.  She's worked in PT for close to 10 years, and believes each patient should be treated with a holistic, whole person approach to healing.

She is devoted to helping her patients develop individualized treatment plans to help them achieve their specific goals.

Call (785) 813-1338 for a free 15 minute phone consultation, or email

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