Pelvic floor expert uses trendy TikTok songs to create ‘squeeze alongs’
Pelvic floor health is one of those rarely talked about things that can make a major difference for women behind closed doors.
According to health experts, your pelvic floor works round-the-clock to support not just your bladder, but also your colon, rectum and sexual organs. If these muscles are ever too weak or too tight, they can cause a whole range of uncomfortable health issues, including constipation, loss of bladder control and even pain during sex.
But by regularly strengthening your pelvic floor, you can help prevent these things from happening in the first place or even “repair” any muscle weakness that’s already occurred.
No one knows this better than Suzanne Vernazza, a UK-based physiotherapist who runs the popular TikTok account @knowyourfloors as a way of educating women about their pelvic health.
A lot of her content centers around Kegels, which are tiny exercises you can do in private to contract and relax your pelvic floor muscles. In fact, many of Vernazza’s TikToks have demonstrated various ways to do this at home, which is why so many women appreciate them.
But by far, Vernazza’s most popular TikToks are her “squeeze along” videos, which encourage female followers to regularly practice their Kegels while listening to trendy TikTok songs and sounds.
In them, Vernazza holds a replica of the human pelvic floor and makes a “squeeze” gesture with her other hand to the beat of the music. The idea is for people to follow along, and then repeat the exercise a few times a day if they can. But the fact that Vernazza uses popular songs we all know and love somehow makes them enjoyable — and even kind of fun.
The premise is simple, yet highly effective, which is probably why TikTokers are constantly praising the content creator in the comments.
“Where have you been,” one person asked.
“You should be prescribed by GPs all over the UK!” said another. “No waiting lists, no traveling, in your own front room!”
“I truly enjoy these videos because it reminds me to practice,” another person told Vernazzo. “I did pelvic floor therapy years ago and it was so worth it.”
For women who’ve either given birth or are just now preparing to, Vernazzo’s page is an absolute must-follow. After all, one of the top reasons pelvic floor muscles get weakener in the first place is due to pregnancy and childbirth. (Others include obesity, chronic straining during constipation, surgery or even basic aging.)
But as Vernazzo constantly reminds her followers, these risk factors — as well as the painful side-effects they can cause — shouldn’t be suffered in silence.
“Don’t just put up with these problems, get them sorted,” she writes in one of her TikTok captions. “They are likely to get worse with age and may be easily fixed.”
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