Pelvic Floor Exercises
How do you exercise your pelvic muscles?
Find the right muscles.
This is very important. Your doctor or nurse will help make sure you are doing the exercises the right way.
You should tighten the two major muscles that stretch across your pelvic floor. They are the “hammock” muscle and the “triangle” muscle. Here are three methods to check for the correct muscles.
Don’t squeeze other muscles at the same time.
Be careful not to tighten your stomach, legs, or other muscles. Squeezing the wrong muscles can put more pressure on your bladder control muscles. Just squeeze the pelvic muscles. Don’t hold your breath.
Repeat, but don’t overdo it.
At first, find a quiet spot to practice-your bathroom or bedroom-so you can concentrate. Lie on the floor. Pull in the pelvic muscles and hold for a count of 3. Then relax for a count of 3. Work up to 10 to 15 repeats each time you exercise.
Do your pelvic exercises at least three times a day.
Every day, use three positions: Lying, sitting, and standing. You can exercise while on the floor, sitting at a desk, or standing in the kitchen. Using all three positions makes the muscles strongest.
Don’t give up. It’s just 5 minutes, three times a day. You may not feel your bladder control improve until after 3 to 6 weeks. Still, most women do notice an improvement after a few weeks.
You can also exercise by using special weights or biofeedback. Ask your health care team about these exercise aids.
WHY EXERCISE PELVIC MUSCLES?
Life’s events can weaken pelvic muscles. Pregnancy, childbirth, and being overweight can do it. Luckily, when these muscles get weak, you can help make them strong again.
Pelvic floor muscles are just like other muscles. Exercise can make them stronger. Women with bladder control problems can regain control through pelvic muscle exercises, also called Kegel exercises.
PELVIC FITNESS IN MINUTES A DAY
Exercising your pelvic floor muscles for just 5 minutes, three times a day can make a big difference to your bladder control. Exercise strengthens muscles that hold the bladder and many other organs in place.
The part of your body including your hip bones is the pelvic area. At the bottom of the pelvis, several layers of muscle stretch between your legs. The muscle attached to the front, back, and sides of the pelvic bone.
Two pelvic muscles do most of the work. The biggest one stretches like a hammock. The other is shaped like a triangle.
You can protect your pelvic muscles from damage by
Think ahead, just before sneezing, lifting, or jumping. Sudden pressure can hurt those pelvic muscles. Squeeze your pelvic muscles tightly and hold on until after you sneeze, lift, or jump. After you train yourself to tighten the pelvic muscles for these moments, you will have fewer accidents.
Points to Remember