What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Disorder?
Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to a wide range of problems that occur when the muscles of the pelvic floor are weak, tight, or there is an impairment of the sacroiliac joint, low back, coccyx and/or hip joint. The tissues surrounding the pelvic organs may have increased or decreased sensitivity and/or irritation resulting in pelvic pain. Many times, the underlying cause of pelvic pain is difficult to determine and can lead to female sexual dysfunction.
These conditions may be due to infections (usually undiagnosed), pregnancy or childbirth, insidious onset, poor posture from chronic low back or SI dysfunction, trauma (e.g. bad fall), or a result of surgery. The pelvic floor is made up of muscles and other tissues that form a sling from the pubic bone to the tailbone. They assist in supporting the abdominal and pelvic organs, and help to control bladder, bowel and sexual activity.
The Archer is able to lessen pain during intercourse caused by a pelvic floor dysfunction in three important ways:
- Full pelvic angle control - The pelvic angles of each partner can be effortlessly adjusted and maintained. This allows you to completely control the direction, angle, and depth of penetration to avoid any tender or "dead" spots.
- Direct stress on the pelvic floor muscles is reduced - When in a female dominant (woman on top) position, the rebounding effect of the Archer drastically reduces the need for your pelvic floor muscles to contract as you lift up from your partner during intercourse. Gravity provides the energy as you descend and the Archer's springs return that energy as you go back up.
- Indirect/involuntary pelvic floor stress reduction - Research has shown (Bo and Stein, 1994 ; Asavasopon et al., 2014) that our nervous system contracts the muscles of the pelvic floor involuntarily when other major muscle groups are used. The most influential muscles being those controlling upward movement, the glutes, hamstrings, thighs, and lower back extensors. By lessening the need for these muscles, the Archer, further reduces pain during intercourse.