One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An exercise to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, in which the levator muscles are squeezed and held for five seconds, then released for five seconds, for a number of repetitions. They are used to treat urinary incontinence, or to prepare for or recover from childbirth.
- ‘Indeed, the combination of Kegel exercises and medications results in better control of incontinence than either treatment alone.’
- ‘She recommends adding Kegel exercises - contractions of the muscles that control urine flow - to your regular strength-training program.’
- ‘Women who leak urine may have better control of these muscles by doing pelvic muscle exercises called Kegel exercises.’
- ‘Doctors recommend urinating regularly, drinking plenty of water and cutting back on acidic beverages, in addition to doing Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic-floor muscles.’
- ‘When treating a female patient with stress incontinence, many physicians consider only Kegel exercises and surgery.’
From California physician Dr. Arnold Kegel, who advocated such exercises from the late 1940s.
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