In addition to fascial and functional connections, we see in these two illustrations the connection between obturator internus (a small hip external rotator) and the larger levator ani muscle groups which comprises the layer of the pelvic floor most associated with secondary organ support and core stability.
So How is This Important?
The pelvic floor muscles are complex and play a role in low back stability, sex and reproduction, and continence or controlling your bowel and bladder! Because of this direct connection between the muscles of the pelvic floor and the muscles of the hip, a problem in the hip could lead to problems in the pelvic floor and vice versa!
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Another way of saying this is that improvements in hip function and strength can lead to improvements in pelvic floor function and vice versa!
In this video I talk about some of these connections and how they can play out clinically...
At West Physiotherapy, we specialize in teasing out the complex layers and contributions to both hip pain and pelvic floor issues.
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