A few years ago, Katy Bowman kicked up a dust storm when she offered not the standard “do your kegels” for a strong pelvic floor (PF), but this following advice:
"A Kegel attempts to strengthen the pelvic floor, but it really only continues to pull the sacrum inward promoting even more weakness, and more PF gripping. The muscles that balance out the anterior pull on the sacrum are the glutes. A lack of glutes (having no butt) is what makes this group so much more susceptible to pelvic floor disorder (PFD). Zero lumbar curvature (missing the little curve at the small of the back) is the most telling sign that the pelvic floor is beginning to weaken.
An easier way to say this is: Weak glutes + too many Kegels = PFD."
If you’ve read a lot of mainstream books about the pelvic floor, you’ll know why this assertion is still shocking today. When it comes to prenatal exercise, for example, Kegels are usually placed on the first place podium due to their effects on pelvic floor strength. But do they really strengthen the pelvic floor in the long run?
Read the full article "Stop Doing Kegels: Real Pelvic Floor Advice For Women"