It’s time to loosen up — a strained pelvic floor can leave you vulnerable to injury.
Most women are familiar with exercises that tighten the pelvic floor muscles. These exercises are sometimes called kegels and involve squeezing and lifting the collection of muscles that run from the back of your pelvis to your pubic bones at the front, your pelvic floor.
Exercises like these might have been recommended to you if you have stress incontinence — when you leak a bit of urine when you sneeze or during a high impact activity like running.
This seems logical because if your pelvic floor is weak and you can’t prevent urine from escaping, then it makes sense to try to tighten up these muscles, right? Not necessarily. Many women who run already have very tight pelvic floor muscles and this might actually be the problem.
The pelvic floor can be so tight, in fact, that these…