Kegels: Just Hype or Real Results?
Ever scratched your head wondering if Kegels are the real deal? Or pondered over the magic number of repetitions to get results? Dive into this article for the answers you've been seeking.
Just last week we got a question that is echoed by many: "How many Kegels should I be doing alongside my regular workouts? Are they even worth my time?"
Kegels have become somewhat of a buzzword, championed by doctors, therapists, and influencers alike. Yet, there's a growing chorus of individuals who, despite religiously practicing Kegels, haven't seen the promised land of pelvic floor improvement. This begs the question: Are Kegels the end-all-be-all?
First, let's demystify the Kegel. Picture the pelvic floor muscles as a supportive net for the colon, uterus, bladder, and rectum, playing a pivotal role in bladder, bowel, and sexual functions. A Kegel is essentially a coordinated dance of these muscles contracting, lifting, and then gracefully returning to their relaxed state.
As someone deeply entrenched in the world of pelvic floor health, I've evolved my stance on Kegels. Once a cornerstone of my practice, I began to question their universal efficacy when faced with a slew of patients who saw no change despite their Kegel dedication. This prompted a deeper dive into the multifaceted realm of pelvic floor health.
The pelvic floor isn't a monolithic muscle but a symphony of fibers, each with its own direction and rhythm. Some sway from front to back, others side to side, and yet others in a horizontal groove. Each set demands distinct movements of the hips, pelvis, and spine to truly shine.
Muscle strength isn't just about contraction; it's about rhythm – the dance of contracting and relaxing. This principle holds true for the pelvic floor. By tuning into the unique orientations of these muscle fibers and the movements that awaken them, we can craft a more holistic approach to pelvic floor vitality, moving beyond the Kegel-centric view.
In our Core Floor program, we champion a diverse array of movements, each targeting distinct pelvic floor muscle groups. From front-to-back motions to lateral and rotational exercises, we ensure every fiber gets its moment in the spotlight.
It's crucial to remember that pelvic floor health isn't a cookie-cutter affair. While Kegels might be a game-changer for some, others might need a broader toolkit. The key is to find what resonates with your unique pelvic floor composition.
If you've been on the Kegel bandwagon without tangible results or are skeptical of its universal efficacy, I urge you to embrace a wider perspective on pelvic floor health. Seek guidance from a pelvic floor specialist who can curate a regimen tailored just for you.
To wrap it up, Kegels are but a single note in the grand symphony of pelvic floor health. They might be the answer for some, but not for all. Embracing a diverse, movement-rich approach can pave the way for a more robust and holistic pelvic floor journey. Always remember to collaborate with a healthcare expert to craft a strategy that's uniquely yours.
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