Popular wisdom tells us that kegels are the one true exercise for maintaining a healthy pelvic floor. But *record scratch* that's not necessarily true—in fact, sometimes we need to lengthen before we even think about strengthening. That's where the Pelvic Floor Self-Assessment comes in.
An overactive pelvic floor indicates that the pelvic floor doesn't have much range of motion, meaning it needs lengthening (stretching) and then stabilizing (strengthening). You may have an overactive pelvic floor if:
An underactive pelvic floor indicates that the pelvic floor is able to relax, but cannot fully contract. This means it needs some stabilization or strengthening. You may have an underactive pelvic floor if:
While this is a good starting place, we always recommend checking in with a pelvic floor physical therapist for a personalized assessment and treatment program.