Pelvic floor muscles in men and women are a group of muscles which form a sling of support from the pubic bne at the frotn of the pelvis, to the tail bone at the back. They also stretch out to the side towards the "sitting bones"of your pelvisBook A Consultation
Although we talk about 'pelvic floor muscles', and there are indeed several of them, they all work together. It requires high level pelvic floor function and awareness to feel the difference between the different pelvic floor muscles. Remember that if you are weak or have never thought about this before, it may not be easy. It is quite common for people to try too hard to make the muscles work, if in any doubt, you must see a trained Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist to have your muscles assessed.
Bands of the muscles also encircle the bladder and bowel openings and help to keep them closed appropriately and so prevent incontinence when we laugh, cough, sneeze, exercise or simply when we feel that we are busting to go to the toilet.
A training program might consist of 5-8 pelvic floor squeezes, holding each for 5 or so seconds, doing this three times a day. It may also include some longer holds of up to 20-30 seconds for "endurance".