A Kegel exercise is the first step to any maintenance program for urinary incontinence.
It can also be used as a preventative measure for both men and women.
It has been known to improve sexual gratification and performance, reduce pain in the prostate and prevent organs from “falling” out of the pelvic floor, known medically as “prolapse”.
Basically, there is a muscle group that includes the urinary and anal sphincters. The sphincters allow a person to “hold” their urine and their bowel movements. But, they are connected to this long muscular band that runs from the front to the rear of the pelvic area. The band is referred to as the pubococcygeus, PC for short.
If the PC becomes weak and sags, the sphincter muscles fall. They cannot tighten and close the urinary tract. A Kegel exercise strengthens the entire PC, which causes the sphincters to rise back up to their normal position.
The exercises are particular beneficial for urinary incontinence that is caused by stress from laughing, coughing or other activity that puts pressure on the diaphragm. When the diaphragm expands downward, it puts pressure on the pelvic organs, including the bladder. If the PC muscle is weak, this causes leakage of urine.