How to treat constipation with Kegel exercises

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What are Kegel exercises?

Kegel, or pelvic floor muscle exercises are done to strengthen as well as relax the muscles, which support the rectum. This specialized group of muscles is called the sphincters and they control bowel movements.

Why do Kegel exercises? 

Often the pelvic floor muscles are in spasm and contribute to the problem of obstructed defecation. Doing the exercises correctly and regularly can help relax the muscles. Relaxed muscles can lead to an easy bowel movement.

How do I do them?

Tighten the sphincter muscles as if you are stopping a bowel movement. While squeezing tightly, hold for a count of five and then relax for a count of ten. This constitutes step. Place the emphasis on the relaxation part and feel the sphincters relax. Repeat this exercise ten times to equal one set. You should complete 8 to 10 sets per day.

When should I do the exercises?

These exercises may be performed any time during the day or night and while you are in any position- sitting, standing or lying down. Also since they do not require any special positioning you may do them while working, driving, eating or watching television.

How long do I have to do the exercises?

The more you do the exercises the better. Also the longer you can concentrate on the relaxation the better.

When should I expect improvement in my symptoms?

It takes from six to twelve weeks to notice a change. 

Khawaja Azimuddin M.D.

Tal Raphaeli M.D.

1125 Cypress Station Dr, Suite G-3

Houston TX 77090

Tel: 281-583 1300  Fax: 281-583 1303


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