Simple pelvic floor exercises to do at home
Do you have weak pelvic floor muscles from cancer or cancer treatment?
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Patients with weak pelvic floor muscles as a result of cancer or cancer treatment may experience side effects such as accidental urine leakage when they cough, sneeze, jump or run. They may even leak urine when bending forward to pick something up.
This type of urinary leakage is also called stress urinary incontinence (SUI). When patients experience SUI, it is a strong indication that there is weakness in the pelvic floor muscles. As the condition worsens, patients may stop exercising all together and even limit socialising for fear of accidental urine leakage.
Fortunately, there are ways patients can relieve symptoms, reduce discomfort, and improve their quality of life. Guest writer Dr Esther Lim, Senior Pelvic Health Physiotherapist from Performance Sports & Rehab Specialists, explains more about what it is and how it can be managed.
Pelvic floor rehabilitation is more than just ‘kegels’
It is an individualised assessment of the patient’s core and pelvic stability, and how they relate to functional activities
Patients with weak pelvic floor can strengthen their pelvic floor muscles with simple exercises that can be done at home
Before starting these exercises, there are 3 things to know:
Simple exercises to try at home
Endurance exercises - to improve strength and endurance + Quick contractions - to improve power
Dr Esther Lim (Guest Physiotherapist) - Doctor of Physical Therapy (Columbia), Senior Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, Performance Sports & Rehab Specialists
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