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Any muscle that gets neglected will eventually fail to do its work. We can blame age or we can get our bodies ready for aging. You can try Yoga exercises or Kegel exercises which are proven to improve and prevent urinary incontinence.

The principle behind Kegel exercises is to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, (PC Muscle) thereby improving the urethra and/or rectal sphincter function. The success of Kegel exercises depends on proper technique and adherence to a regular resistance Kegel exercises program. Some people have difficulty identifying and isolating the muscles of the pelvic floor so make sure to ask a professional such as an athletic trainer or your own GYN doctor.

According to the Mayo Clinic website http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/kegel-exercises/WO00119 many conditions put stress on the pelvic floor muscles as we go through life (see list below), but it does not mean we are doommed. Kegel exercises are very important to maintain muscle tone in the pelvic area. Our bodies are capable of maintaining good muscle health at any age and I am not only speaking about arms, legs or stomach muscles, but other muscles that hold organs such as the bladder.

According to the World Health Organization, a pelvic floor muscle therapy program – a structured program of pelvic incontinence exercises (Kegel exercises) and bladder retraining – has a 65 to 70 percent cure or improvement rate for urinary incontinence. Pelvic floor muscles support the bladder and help control urination. Kegel exercises and other forms of pelvic muscle therapy, such as electrical stimulation and biofeedback, are designed to improve bladder control in both men and women by strengthening the muscles that control urination.

The reasons above should be enough to get women (and men) started on a wellness program that includes Kegel exercises These exercises can be done any time, any where even while sitting at a meeting at work, driving or having a dinner engagement. No one will notice!

Being overweight
A chronic cough
A genetic predisposition to weak connective tissue

November 19, 2008 - 9:39pm


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