Hays County Physical Therapy and Wellness

What May Be Causing Pelvic Pain, Leaking, and Frequent Urination Part 2: Muscle Tightness

Sometimes the muscles of the pelvic floor may be overly tight/hyperactive. Many people only think weakness when they think of bladder leaking. They only think about how much they need to strengthen their muscles in order to improve the leaking issues the are having. There are some people who actually have over activity of the pelvic floor muscles, decreased coordination of these muscles and, as a result, leaking may occur. The spinchter may not be able to close completely and may allow some leaking to occur.

On a related note, some people with overactive pelvic floor muscles, or tightness in the pelvic floor muscles, may experience pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, or pain following intercourse, or pain with daily activities that may be interfering with day to day function.

So, what do you do about it? First, you really do need to determine what exactly is going on with your particular issue. Are the muscles truly tight or overactive? Are the muscles firing properly or in a pattern that is optimal for your body? Stretching is a key activity for you if you’ve determined that the muscles are tight. Positions that allow the pelvic muscles to relax and lengthen may be a good option for you.

If the muscles are tight or feel tight on one side vs. the other side, there may be a need for stretching and then working on coordination of muscles. Can you fully relax and then can you fully contract? Both are necessary and important for daily pelvic health and function.

Not quite sure? Seek out professional help to determine what you need individually and what exercises may be the best option for you, your goals, and your body.

*All information in this post is meant for educational purposes only. Seek professional medical advice for individual concerns.