The pelvic floor is like a jellyfish, to use it you have to learn to breathe

The pelvic floor is made up of muscles and structures that underlie the pelvis whose task is to support internal organs and apparatuses to vary the pressure that is created inside the body: the muscles of the pelvic floor are in parallel with the Diaphragm muscle, an essential muscle for breathing.


The diaphragm has the shape of a dome on the contrary and is found at the base of the lungs: when it is contracted, it lowers allowing the lungs to expand, in inspiration.

When the diaphragm is relaxed returns to its starting position, the lungs are qqqqq but releasing air, we are in exhalation.


Both the pelvic floor and the diaphragm muscle behave as jellyfish that swim in a coordinated way:

In inspiration it enters the lungs in the lungs, the diaphragm contracts and lowers, inducing the pelvic floor to relax and expand like a jellyfish that collects the energies and then close.

Then when the air is released from the lungs, the diaphragm relaxes, leaving space inside the bust to allow the pelvic floor to contract upwards, like a jellyfish that pushes.


By explaining breathing in a technical way, it can be said that: pulmonary ventilation takes place through variations in volume of the lungs and the variations in volume are induced by the inspiratory muscles and expiratories whose main actor is the pulmonary diaphragm muscle.


The coordinated action mechanism of the two jellyfish is essential to keep the pelvic floor healthy and with it also the structures it supports, including uterus, bladder and intestine.

The contraction and relaxation of the two structures can be learned, even if physiologically it should take place on its own: the most common trend is in fact to breathe with the chest instead of with the diaphragm, involving a poor activation of the pelvic floor in daily life, beyond that to contractures in the cervical, sternal and back area.


The diaphragm muscle is crossed by various structures including the lower cava vena, the esophagus, the aorta descendant thoracic and the vagus nerve, which if stimulated through correct diaphragmatic breathing promotes the release of acetylcholine, with a tranquilize effect.

That's why in moments of strong stress it is advisable to breathe thoroughly and slowly.


But how does diaphragmatic breathing happen?

In inspiration, letting the abdomen swell, without creating pressure in an attempt to expand it more than necessary, and in exhalation allowing the lungs to empty completely but effortlessly: the air must be able to flow freely.


Francesca Banchelli

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