Though a general fitness regime is good for you, one form of exercise is particularly beneficial in helping improve bladder and bowel control - pelvic floor muscle exercises. Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles will help you actively support your bladder and bowel. This improves bladder and bowel control and can reduce or stop leakage of urine and bowel motions. Like other muscles, the pelvic floor muscles become stronger with a regular exercise program. Pelvic floor muscle exercises are important for both men and women.
Pelvic floor muscle exercises can help with:
It is very important to correctly identify your pelvic floor muscles before moving into a regular pelvic floor muscle exercise program. There are many ways that you can learn more about your pelvic floor muscles. These include visiting:
You should see a health professional if you have difficulty identifying the correct muscles, are unsure if you are performing the exercises correctly or continue to experience symptoms.
Remember that improved control for some may involve learning to relax your muscles. Just exercising the pelvic floor is not a self-help treatment for incontinence. If there is a problem with bladder or bowel control, it is important to be properly assessed as weak pelvic floor muscles are just one of the many causes of incontinence.
To learn more about how to correctly exercise your pelvic floor muscles follow the links below:
As with all muscles, fitness involves regular training. This applies to the pelvic floor as well. Develop it as a daily habit, like brushing your teeth.
Maintaining general fitness and keeping your weight within the recommended range will assist you in all facets of your health and wellbeing.
The Continence Foundation of Australia has developed a free, safe Pelvic Floor First exercise app to both help prevent incontinence and enable people experiencing problems to continue to exercise without further straining their pelvic floor.