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Pelvic pain and the Diaphragm….How is Muscle In-Sync (R) connected with this?



Muscles In-Sync (R) is the method we use to analyze our patients' problems to get to the root…and fix what ever problem is present…which usually means the patient is pain free after we are done with a home exercise to perform to keep the pain away. 

Now…to touch on a sensitive subject, how does the Muscles In-Sync (R) method work with pelvic pain?  Muscles in the pelvic area can start getting out of sync due to many problems.  Pregnancy and delivery can cause a number of problems in the pelvic area;  stress and breathing incorrectly can be another cause.  Did you know that when your diaphragm contracts correctly as you inhale, the process, when done right, can help your pelvic floor to relax as you breathe in..which can help elimination.  How can that be? 

Here is a video: 

As you can see, he diaphragm, as it contracts, shortens and pushes down upon the organs such as the liver, stomach and intestines.  OF NOTE:  the ribs expand to the sides for this process to work well.  When the ribs can do this, the organs gently push out on the abdoen, and then down on  the pelvic floor which is program to relax as the diaphragm contracts.  (This process, called reciprocal inhibition, is present throughout the body for example when the biceps contracts the triceps is programmed to relax)   When a person is eliminating urine or feces, by taking a larger inhalation, can gently assist nature  in this process, instead of bearing down and holding the breathe.  If you bear down, you actually encourage your pelvic floor to contract, not relax, which can lead to pain as the muscles can get the point they never really learn to relax, which can cause problems with constipation, and pain with intercourse in women.



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