Strengthening the kegel muscles has many benefits. Among the most important is the ability to remain continent. As we age, this becomes an important consideration. Age naturally weakens any muscles but the PCS muscle has a big task in life: supporting our pelvic organs. Our comfort depends on the health of the PCS muscle.
It is impossible to do Kegels correctly without first identifying the PCS muscle. The PCS muscle is the muscle you use when you cut a urine stream off abruptly.
Pelvic Floor Muscle Anatomy
The muscles that make up the pelvic floor consist of the following groups:
- Anal Sphincter,The ring of muscles surrounding the anus. To identify this muscle, squeeze your anus as if you are trying to hold back gas.
- Cremaster The muscle covering the testes which controls the raising and lowering of the scrotum.
- PubococcygeusOften called the PC muscle, it is one of a number of muscles in the pelvic floor. It is a muscle with a hammock-like shape & is found in both sexes.To identify this muscle, stop the flow during urination. During “Kegel”exercises,this is the muscle used.
- Rectal A group of the pelvic floor muscles that control the rectum. To identify this muscle,contract as if you bearing down to perform a bowel movement.