Kegel exercise

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Ke·gel exercise

Any of various exercises involving controlled contraction and release of the muscles at the base of the pelvis, used especially as a treatment for urinary incontinence.

[After Arnold H. Kegel (1894-1981), American gynecologist.]
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"A Kegel exercise consists of contracting (squeezing) the muscles for several seconds and then relaxing them.
There are also products that can help, such as Chiaro's Elvie (PS149;, a kegel exercise tracker in the form of a medical-grade silicon pod that connects via Bluetooth to an app, guiding women through the exercises and enabling them to monitor biofeedback.
Kegel exercise is associated with increase instrength and endurance in pelvic floor muscles.
Among the respondents, 52 women (18.57 %) perform or used to perform Kegel exercise. Out of the women who took preventive measures against SUI, 12 started to do so when the symptoms were light (4.29%), 40 still being asymptomatic (14.29%) and 16 when the symptoms were burdensome (5.71%).
Their extensive line of products includes Can-C eye drops, skincare products, Kegel exercise machines, Uriflow, D-Mannose for UTIs, and many other personal care products.
The principle of specificity requires that the muscle must be trained with physical activity that replicates as closely as possible the functional movement required, (e.g., for a marathon athlete specificity requires running), at close to the maximal force or tension generated and progressive resistance weight training.[sup.26] For the pelvic floor, the Kegel exercise meets the specificity requirement and is the only considered to improve PFM fibre function.[sup.3,27]
Draw the pelvic floor in and up (a Kegel exercise; imagine trying to stop the flow of urine mindstream).
When learning the Kegel exercise, contractions can be held for 3-5 seconds, and repeated 10 times, 2-3 times per day: Very rapid Kegel exercises should also be performed.
Readers interested in a copy of Kegel exercise instructions may write to: Kegel Exercise, The Saturday Evening Post, 1100 Waterway Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202.
For details, write to: Kegel Exercise, The Saturday Evening Post, 1100 Waterway Boulevard, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206.
Although the researchers suggest more studies are needed to confirm their findings, they felt confident in prescribing the Kegel exercise for several types of urinary incontinence, including nighttime wetting.
Examinees are asked to perform a Kegel exercise during the exam, which illuminates for both the examinee and the examiner the strength and location of these muscles.