Are there treatments to strengthen pelvic floor muscles? Our Bryn Mawr-based practice sees many patients who are curious about what they can do to tighten these key core muscles.

The pelvic floor is a crucial group of muscles, ligaments, and tissues in the lower part of the pelvis. It’s located at the base of your core and plays a vital role in supporting the organs within the pelvis. A strong and healthy pelvic floor is essential for maintaining urinary function, as well as sexual satisfaction.

Sadly, various factors can lead to a weakened pelvic floor, causing a range of uncomfortable symptoms. Some common causes of this include pregnancy and childbirth, aging, obesity, high-impact activities, heavy lifting, and pelvic surgery. The weight of the growing fetus places pressure on the pelvic floor muscles, while the process of childbirth can stretch and strain these muscles further. As we age, the muscles and tissues in the body—including those in the pelvic floor—naturally weaken. Hormonal changes combined with the effects of gravity and time can lead to a loss of muscle tone and support in the pelvic area. Being overweight or obese is another factor that can increase the risk of developing a weakened pelvic floor.

In this post, we will explore some ways to strengthen this area.

Weakened pelvic muscles may indicate that your internal organs are not supported properly—and urinary incontinence is often an associated problem. The most common way of strengthening these muscles is with daily exercises, including Kegels (contracting and tightening the pelvic muscles on purpose for a few seconds several times a day) and glute bridges. However, more effective rejuvenation can be accomplished with EMSELLA®, often referred to as the “Kegel throne”.

EMSELLA® is a non-invasive procedure that can improve conditions such as incontinence and diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles due to childbirth). It utilizes high intensity focused electromagnetic stimulation (HIFEM) that is similar to MRI magnetic technology. The chair-like EMSELLA® device stimulates the pelvic floor muscles and enhances their function. This procedure is said to have a similar effect to what it would be like to do 12,000 Kegel exercises in just one 28-minute session.

Our Bryn Mawr-based team at Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa will educate you about how EMSELLA® and other vaginal rejuvenation options can help. Please BOOK ONLINE or call 610.525.5029 to learn more.

Victoria A. Cirillo-Hyland