“A bundle of fibers that uses electrical and chemical signals to transmit sensory and motor information from one body part to another.” 1
We have many nerves in the body. Today we are focusing on motor nerves, a series of fibers that innervate muscle tissue to create a desired action. For instance, to contract your pelvic floor muscles (to prevent urination) your brain sends an electrical impulse through the nerve for the muscles to contract. In order for your muscle to then relax, the brain has to again send a signal to the muscles through the nerve to tell the muscle it is okay to relax and then okay for you to urinate.
If your nerves are compressed, irritated, inflamed they will not function properly and this can lead to pain, numbness, tingling or incontinence.
Pudendal Nerve: Innervates the pelvic floor (external urethral sphincter, the external anal sphincter, levator ani), creating muscular contraction to support and provide continence. Arises from S2-S4 nerve roots in the sacrum.
*See our previous post to discover what happens if the pudendal nerve is irritated, compressed or placed under long term traction (during pregnancy, child birth, or other trauma)
*Have you heard of “pudendal neuralgia” or been diagnosed with it yourself?
Physical Therapy can help!
Both Dr. Lauren and Dr. Sarah are trained in pelvic floor rehabilitation. Schedule your appointment today!