Do Kegels and pelvic floor exercises help with Incontinence?
Incontinence in women is very common and Kegel exercises are often the initial recommendation but…
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Kegel exercises are a bit of an elusive exercise that people know they should do but are never sure if they are doing them correctly.
Studies have shown that over 50% of women are doing Kegels incorrectly and many are simply trying to squeeze as hard as they can and end up using their inner thighs or their glutes instead of their pelvic floor and they also fail to consider the relaxation portion. But it is not their fault.
Although Kegels are recommended, they are rarely taught properly and seldom do women have a proper pelvic floor evaluation to determine what type of Kegel training their pelvic floor needs. Women accept that incontinence is something they need to live with.
With the right information...
...you can ditch the incontinence pads, stop planning your life around your bladder and get back to living your life fully!
What are the types of Incontinence?
The most common type of incontinence is Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). Some call it peezing or sneeze-pee. Tiny amounts of urine leak out during times of exertion, such as laughing, coughing, sneezing, running etc. This type of incontinence responds very well to Kegel exercises.
Urge Incontinence (UI) is when all of a sudden you feel an overwhelming urge to urinate and may not make it to the bathroom in time which can result in a bit of urine leaking out or a complete release of your bladder. This can happen even if the bladder is not full. The bladder is a muscle that can be trained and responds to Kegel and pelvic floor exercises and lifestyle modifications.
Mixed Incontinence is a combination of both types mentioned above.
Why Kegel Exercises Matter
Kegel exercises (one type of pelvic floor exercise) done correctly AND consistently are two of the keys to getting rid of the leaks that are holding you back from living the life you want. Because Kegels are not taught, women try them, do them incorrectly and then think they don't work so end up giving up.
Control Your Pelvic Floor Muscles
Some people need to work more on the squeeze and lift, while other people need to work more on the letting go - the release. Focusing your Kegel training on the aspect that your pelvic floor needs will help ensure you have balance and control and the appropriate timing to close off the openings that are responsible for the leaks and help support your internal organs.
Pelvic floor exercises can put you back in the driver’s seat for your health and wellness. When done correctly, you can start seeing results often within 1-2 weeks.
If you struggle with incontinence, check out my FREE Masterclass training to help you take back control of your bladder.
This masterclass is for anyone who -
- leaks when they laugh, cough, sneeze, run or jump
- goes to the bathroom 'just in case'
- feels sudden and strong urges and feels like they can't make it to the. bathroom in time
- feels like they have to go all the time!
I look forward to sharing some helpful information with you in the webinar class. Thanks, Kim Vopni, The Vagina Coach