Pelvic Floor Muscles or Abdominals?
Reference:Sapsford R, Hodges P, Richardson C, Cooper D, Markwell S, Jull G 2001 Co-activation of the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles during voluntary exercises. Neurological Urodynamics (20)1: 31-42
Seven asymptomatic females volunteered for this study that ?
1) Measured EMG activity of the pelvic floor (PF) muscles during voluntary abdominal contractions (transversus abdominis).
2) Measured EMG activity of the abdominals during voluntary pelvic floor contractions
Study Conclusion: The pelvic floor muscles and the transversus abdominis work synergistically together.
Clinical Relevance: When ?core stability? is required for lumbo-pelvic pain, retraining the pelvic floor muscles may be as effective as specific transversus abdominis retraining.
Clinical Relevance #2: When treating for stress urinary incontinence, retraining the transversus abdominis may be as effective as pelvic floor retraining.
Posted on: January 25, 2002
Categories: Lumbar Spine , SI & Pelvis