According to an article over on breakingmuscle.com, Katy Bowman’s controversial advice to build a strong pelvic floor (PF) by not doing Kegels stirred up a storm.
She said, “A Kegel attempts to strengthen the pelvic floor, but it really only continues to pull the sacrum inward promoting even more weakness, and more PF gripping. The muscles that balance out the anterior pull on the sacrum are the glutes. A lack of glutes (having no butt) is what makes this group so much more susceptible to pelvic floor disorder (PFD). Zero lumbar curvature (missing the little curve at the small of the back) is the most telling sign that the pelvic floor is beginning to weaken. An easier way to say this is: Weak glutes + too many Kegels = PFD.”
Instead, Katy recommends that we all do lots more squats to create pull and balance of the pelvic floor.
“Tighter does not equal stronger. It’s just tighter.” - Katy Bowman
In most research about the pelvic floor, Kegels are usually the top priority because of their effects on pelvic floor strength. But do they really strengthen the pelvic floor in the long run?
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