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"Kegel exercise is the first step to Urinary Incontinence solutions"


kegel exercisesA 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.


The first step for PC exercises is to locate the muscle.  Unlike the exterior muscles of the body which are easy to locate and contract, those on the interior of the body may be harder to identify.  There are several measures that a person can take to isolate and identify the PCs.

Since it connects to the sphincter muscles that control the flow of urine, one of the easiest ways to “feel” the muscle is to attempt to completely stop the flow of urine for a moment.  Once you have the idea of how it feels to flex the muscle, you can practice contracting it at any time.

Many medical researchers suggest that strengthening the pelvic floor should be the first treatment for urinary incontinence, before prescription drugs that are accompanied by numerous side effects. 

incontinenceBut, if you haven’t seen your doctor in a while, you may want to get a physical to rule out any medical condition that could be causing the problem.

Of course, a Kegel exercise is something that anyone can do at home and there is no risk. This happens to many women of all ages and can be quite embarrassing, but it can also be controlled by simply restoring proper pelvic muscle tone.

Please visit the links below:

Kegel Exercises For Men
Kegel Exercises For Women
PC Muscles

 

Kegel exercises also need to be done properly. Dr Arnold Kegel, who developed the concept of the pelvic floor "lift and squeeze" exercise technique in the 1950s, never intended the exercises to be done on an empty vagina. Somewhere along the way, his message has become distorted and many women are told to do just that, causing them to feel they have failed when their exercise program doesn't seem to improve muscle strength.

Research has clearly demonstrated that most women benefit from using kegel exercise devices.


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