Pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises can help strengthen some of the
muscles that control the flow of urine and are used to treat
stress incontinence. To do Kegel exercises:
Squeeze the same muscles you would use to stop your urine. Your belly and rear end (buttocks) should not move.
Hold the squeeze for 3 seconds, then relax for 3 seconds.
Repeat the exercise 10 to 15 times a session. Do three or more sessions a day.
Kegel exercises can be done while traveling, at work, or at any time during the day. No one will be aware that you are doing the exercises,
so you can do them frequently, no matter where you are.
Kegel exercises are often combined with biofeedback techniques to
teach the proper exercise methods and maintain exercise effectiveness.
Biofeedback allows you to see, feel, or hear when an exercise is being
performed correctly. This can be done by placing a finger in your anus to feel
it contract when the pelvic muscles are exercised.
Pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises with or without biofeedback
techniques require a high level of motivation and frequent repetition to be
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