Your Bladder and your Pelvic Floor
What does your bladder do? Do you even know? How does it relate to your Pelvic Floor muscles?
It's something that a lot of people only think about when something is going wrong.
Your bladder if under the age of 70 should store 350ml to 500ml of urine and will send a stretch message to your brain when your bladder is full.
The bladder is a muscular pump sitting behind your pubic bone and shaped a little like a water balloon. Your kidneys feed urine into your bladder and you bladder empties out via a tube called your urethra. Your urethra has a sphincter on the end of it a little like a clamp. The bladder muscles itself is called the detrusor muscle.
Once your brain gets the message that your bladder is full, your pelvic floor muscles and your urethral sphincter relaxe then it’s your bladder’s job as a muscle to pump out the urine by contracting. Your pelvic floor then contracts and the outlet is closed, relaxing your bladder and allowing it to refill as you go about your day.
So basically it’s your pelvic floor muscles that tell your bladder when to pump and when to relax.
So what might happen if your pelvic floor muscles lost some of their strength? it might lose control over the bladder and it may start contracting whenever it wants to known as “urgency” or some leakage may start to occur.
Essentially you want to have a strong pelvic floor to be able to contract them but also know how to relax it to allow the normal bodily functions to occur.
Womens’ Waterworks by Dr Pauline Chiarelli
Pelvic Floor Essentials by Sue Croft
I'm Melanie, a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.
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