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Pelvic floor

The pelvic floor is the base of the group of muscles referred to as your core. They are a sling of muscles so visualise a small muscle hammock that runs between the pubic bone in the front, and the tailbone at the back. These muscles work with your lower abdomen, lower back muscles and diaphragm to stabilise and support your spine. They also help control the pressure inside your abdomen to deal with the pushing down force when you lift or strain such as during exercise. Pelvic floor muscles support the bladder and bowel (colon) in men, and the bladder, bowel and Uterus in women. They also help maintain bladder and bowel control and play an important role in sexual function. In TICM, the Spleen controls all our muscles. We say that the Spleen governs the muscles. If the Spleen weakens, it can cause these muscles to weaken and prolapse. Organ prolapses is also due to weak Spleen but surgery is not justified. A weakened Spleen can be caused by improper food intake, overwork, emotional imbalances, and childbirth to name a few things Symptoms such as fatigue, weak limbs, excess weight, incontinence (both urinary and faecal) and prolapse in organs like the Stomach, uterus, anus or Bladder. Spleen Qi deficiency can also lead to Kidney Qi deficiency, further affecting the Bladder.

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