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pelvic floor keeping it simple

Anatomy in detail.

PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLES

pelvic floor muscles in-situ female

The pelvic floor - the muscles that span the pelvic canal.

Our base. Our root. Our core.

pelvic floor muscles in-situ male

The anatomy of the pelvic floor is complicated.

Take these lines from an academic paper:

The pelvic floor is comprised of a number of muscles ...

(No actual number given...)

... organized into superficial and deep muscle layers ...

(Described as 2 or 3 layers, depending on the source material.)

There is significant controversy with regards to the nomenclature ...

(Lots of complicated names that people can't agree on!)

PELVIC FLOOR ANATOMY AND APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY.
Varuna Raizada, Ravinder K. Mittal. 2008

male and female pelvis and pelvic floor muscles showing the different shapes of the muscles.

To describe the pelvic floor in detail would be very time-consuming - and frustrating.   The anatomy is complicated, variable, and unimportant to the healing process so I will not be covering it here (for now).

What is important is feeling your pelvic floor muscles working. The strong Base needed for pain-free movement.

pelvic floor muscles in-situ female
pelvic floor muscles in-situ male
pelvic floor muscles male and female. front view.
the bones, muscles and connective tissues of the female pelvis. View from behind.

It is valuable to appreciate the complexity of the structures of the human pelvis - bones, muscles, connective tissues, without needing to know the details.   Look at the PELVIS - ANATOMY PICTURES page.

NOTE: When I talk of the pelvic floor muscles I mean the layer known as the pelvic diaphragm, the deepest muscles of the pelvis.

the deepest/most internal layer of the pelvic floor also known as the pelvic diaphragm of the female pelvis

As opposed to the perineal muscle layer/s that are more superficial.

. Male and female perineal muscles. A group of muscles that form the outer/most superficial layer of the pelvic muscles.

to be expanded later....

The deep pelvic floor muscles consist of: pubococcygeus, ileococcygeuys, coccygeus

the puborectalis muscle is located in between the superficial and deep muscle layers, and it is better to view this as the middle muscle layer of the pelvic floor

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PELVIC FLOOR ANATOMY AND APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY Varuna Raizada, M.D. and Ravinder K. Mittal, M.D.

FEMALE PELVIC FLOOR ANATOMY Sender Herschorn, MD, FRCSC

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Movement should not be painful.

 OPTIMISING THE USE OF YOUR MUSCLES = BETTER HEALTH.

ALWAYS START FROM BASE-LINE, ALWAYS GO BACK TO BASE-LINE.

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