Pelvic Floor Muscle

While there are the obvious differences between the male and female anatomy, the muscles of the pelvic floor are quite similar in respect of location and function.

Location

The pelvic floor muscles are situated at the bottom of the pelvis, in a roughly horizontal orientation; i.e. the purple "sling" in these diagrams.

female pelvic floor 
 
male pelvic floor 
 

Function - Women

Pelvic floor muscles have two important and quite distinct functions.

  • They provide physical support to the pelvic and abdominal organs
    • Specifically, the bladder, bowel and uterus
  • They provide the constrictor mechanism to:
    • The internal and external anal sphincter muscles
    • The urethral sphincter muscles
    • The vaginal sphincter muscles

Function - Men

Pelvic floor muscles have two important and quite distinct functions.

  • They provide physical support to the pelvic and abdominal organs
    • The bladder and bowel
  • They provide the constrictor mechanism to:
    • The internal and external anal sphincter muscles
    • The internal and external urethral sphincter muscles

Exercise for health and strength

All the muscles of our bodies need regular exercise to maintain strength, keep us healthy and keep us active. The pelvic floor muscles are no different.

Manual exercise - voluntary muscles only

During conventional or manual exercise our brain sends a message down the spinal cord via nerves to the muscles, telling them to contract and release. This is called voluntary muscle action because our brain is controlling the process.

When muscles become weak the neural connections in the brain are also weakened and often we lose the ability to send the required signals. Many people suffering bladder leakage are willing to do manual or Kegel exercises, but they struggle to initiate a contraction of the correct muscles - they have "forgotten" how to do it!

Electrical stimulation - both voluntary and involuntary muscles

InControl produces a surging pattern of mild electrical pulses to stimulate the motor nerves directly. The required signals are sent from the medical device to the motor nerves, telling them to contract and hold, and then release and relax.

As the brain and autonomic system are bypassed altogether, it no longer matters that the neural pathways may be damaged.

InControl exercises both types of muscle fibre - voluntary and involuntary. Even if we are good at manual exercise we will not be able to strengthen involuntary muscle fibre. Only electrical stimulation can do this for us.



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