The impact of a tight or hypertonic pelvic floor isn't limited to the pelvis area.
Whist a tight pelvic floor can cause symptoms such as incontinence, painful sex and pelvic pain, the effects can be more far reaching.
The pelvic floor is the floor of your core; tightness here will impact other elements of the core system, such as the diaphragm. If the diaphragm becomes tense, this will impact on how optimally the chest expands and contracts with breathing.
Our bodies are linked via a support system called fascia. This is connective tissue that runs throughout the body. Because fascia links diffrent areas of the body together, tension in one place can lead to tension in another. For this reason it is not uncommon to experience jaw tension alongside a tight pelvic floor.
Claire is a women's health and sports Physiotherapist. She is the owner of Spring Physio and is based in East Sussex.