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The Latest Squeeze: How Pelvic Exercises Can Help Your Bladder

Posted on June 6, 2019
by Spinal Cord Injury BC

Pelvic floor exercises—or kegels—are designed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles to help reduce urinary incontinence. Better yet, they’re great for both men and women and can be done easily at home![vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1553815835515{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”>

Learn how to do pelvic floor exercises with step-by-step instructions from our supporters, Coloplast:

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1. Isolate your pelvic floor muscles

Imagine stopping yourself from passing wind, pull in from the back passage upwards and forwards. Do not let the chest lift, do not hold your breath or tighten your stomach muscles.

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2. Squeeeeeeeze

Squeeze and draw in the muscles around the urethra and anus. You should have a sense of ‘lift’ when squeezing.

You should hold them strong and tight as you count to eight after which you should let go.[vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1555540925217{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”>

3. Relax

Relax for 8 seconds. At this point, you should have a distinct feeling of letting go.

This schedule should be repeated between 8-12 times per day. If you initially cannot hold the pelvic floor for 8 seconds you should hold as long as you can.

Note: training your pelvic floor muscle is a matter of how long you can hold and squeeze, rather than the number of repetitions.

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Tips for fitting pelvic floor training into your daily life

It’s important to get into a daily routine, and the easiest way to accomplish this is to link pelvic floor training to something you do on a daily basis. Remember that training your pelvic floor does not take a lot of time.

You can do them:

  • Lying in bed before you sleep
  • After meals
  • Before or after undressing yourself in the evening
  • Sitting in your car on your way to or from work
  • Every time you are waiting in line somewhere
  • When travelling – on the plane or train, at the airport, at your hotel

It’s not important where you do it—but that you get to do it on a daily basis. Therefore, you should find the everyday situation that fits you the best.[vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1507070455482{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”>Note: Content sponsored by Coloplast. These are general guidelines meant to help you with typical questions. You should follow the specific instructions provided by your healthcare provider and the intermittent catheterization solution you are using.

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