Pelvic Floor Exercises

Monday, December 29, 2008

By: adler.andrews

'Pelvic floor' as the name suggests is
the pelvic region of human body. It, however, specifically refers to
the group pf muscles that act as a sling or hammock across a women's
pelvic opening. They are one of the vital set of muscles. It is because
these muscles along with other tissues hold the pelvic organs, namely
bladder, intestine and urethra in the right place and help them to
function properly. The weakening or injury of the pelvic muscles and
connective tissue leads to 'pelvic floor disorder'. This may cause from
pelvic surgery, radiation treatments, old age and, in some cases due to
pregnancy or vaginal delivery of a child. It results in problems like
urinary and anal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and decreased
sensitivity during orgasm. Hence, is the need to strengthen the pelvic
floor muscles.

There are pelvic floor exercises to
combat this pelvic floor dysfunction. For this, first you need to
identify the pelvic floor muscles. One can feel the pelvic floor
muscles while trying to stop the flow of urine. To fortify the pelvic
floor muscles one has to sit comfortably and squeeze the muscles ten to
fifteen counts at a stretch. During this time one must not withhold
breath or tighten stomach, buttock or thigh muscles. Once accustomed to
it, one can try to extend each squeeze for a few seconds. At an
interval of a week one can increase the number of squeezes, but not
overdo it. Also a respite period in between the squeezes should be

Such exercises are also known as Kegel
exercise. It is named after Arnold Kegel, who formulated these
exercises. The Kegel exerciser works on the same principle that helps
to carry out the exercises designed by Kegels. It work excellently in
building up the pelvic floor muscles. It is an advanced resistance
vaginal exerciser designed on the lines of Kegel exercise. This pelvic
toner is a registered medical device approved by the FDA.

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