Kegel exercises are one of the recommended solutions for dealing with pelvic floor weakness. 1 in 4 women in the US are dealing with pelvic-related conditions. Proper kegel routines can strengthen the pelvic floor and the surrounding muscles.
Here at Oklahoma Physical Therapy, we are specialists in helping women to practice kegel routines efficiently.
What are the Signs of Pelvic Floor Weakness?
Some of the symptoms of a weak pelvic floor include:
- Reduced vaginal sensations
- Inability to “hold” sanitary products like tampons
- A distinct bulge around the vaginal opening
- A feeling of heaviness in the vagina
- Urine leak when coughing, laughing or running
- Lack of control with urination in general
Why Kegel Exercises?
Kegel exercises involve relaxing and contracting the muscles of your pelvic floor. These muscles hold your bladder and uterus in place above the vagina. The main aim of these exercises is to improve the tone. Successful kegel routines can achieve the following:
- Reduction of pelvic or vaginal pain during intercourse
- Improvements in some cases of urinary incontinence
- Correction of pelvic organ prolapse
Try to hold the muscles for two to three seconds and release. After you have learned the technique, try to repeat the holding 10 times in quick succession, five times a day. Don’t do kegel exercises only when you are about to urinate as that can harm your organs. If you are having problems with learning kegel exercises, talk to a physical therapist.
How We Can Help You
Here at Oklahoma Physical Therapy, our experts will help you identify the right muscles to contract and relax during kegel exercises. We will also teach you new techniques that will make your kegel routines more fun. Get in touch with us today to get started.