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Pelvic Floor Exercises Can Help Manage Incontinence

Posted Aug 23 2008 3:11pm

The pelvic floor muscles are a group of muscles inside the pelvis that forms a floor in the body. They surround the urethra, vagina and rectum and should, along with the sphincter muscles, maintain control over these openings.

If the pelvic floor muscles are weak the urethra can fall during exertion, resulting in leaking.

To strengthen the pelvic floor it is important to do appropriate exercises, which are especially good for stress incontinence and can reduce the effects of this condition considerably.

Pelvic floor exercises can be done pretty much anytime or anywhere. Once you have learnt to tighten your pelvic floor muscles, you can squeeze them and hold when you sneeze, lift or jump to prevent leakage.

It is important to do pelvic floor exercises for a few months before any improvement can be noticed.

In order to find your pelvic floor muscles try interrupting the flow when you urinate and feel which muscles you are using to do this.

The right contraction of the pelvic floor muscles feels like a small lift under the pelvis up into the body. There should be no accompanying movement of other parts of the body, e.g. the buttocks, stomach or the inner thighs.

If you have a problem identifying the correct muscles or if you are not sure that you are training correctly contact your doctor or physiotherapist.

For examples of pelvic floor exercises please click here .

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