Fitness for the Pelvic Floor

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Incontinence affects four out of 10 women, about one out of 10 men, and about 17% of children below age 15. The most common reason for admitting a family member to a nursing home is the family's inability to cope with incontinence. It is estimated that in the US incontinence costs 26 billion dollars a year.

While it is common to exercise many parts of the body to stay fit, very little attention is paid to exercising the pelvic floor. Many exercises exist for the general fitness of the body, strengthening of the arms and legs and the abdominal and back muscles. Finding fun exercises for the pelvic floor involves searching through a great deal of literature; finding exercises suitable for men, women, and children that are fun and effective appears to be impossible.

This book should provide therapists with treatment ideas and encourage patients to ask for help. It focuses on exercises and discusses other treatment options.

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'A worthwhile book for the consumer as well as the physical therapist. . .included exercises are comprehensive, well-described, and are easy to perform. . .complete with not only female dysfunctions, but male and children as well. . .shows that exercising the pelvic floor has taken a step beyond Kegel exercises. . .an asset to any therapist treating pelvic floor dysfunction or to a client who would like to independently manage his or her impairments.' —Journal of the Section on Women's Health
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588900906
  • Publisher: Thieme
  • Publication date: 4/15/2002
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,395,221
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Physical Therapist in Private Practice, Pasadena, CA, USA

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Table of Contents

Fitness for the Pelvic Floor Treatment Options and Exercises for Improvement of Physical and Sexual Health 1
Introduction 2
Pt. I Anatomy and Physiology of the Pelvic Floor 5
1 Introduction 6
2 Layers of the Pelvic Floor 8
3 Evaluation of Breathing 14
4 Bladder and Bowel Voiding Diary 16
5 Bladder and Bowel Incontinence 17
Pt. II Treatment Options and Exercises 21
6 The Pelvic Floor - The Forgotten Muscle 22
7 Sensory Awareness - Feeling the Pelvic Floor 24
8 Exercises to Increase Sensory Awareness of the Pelvic Floor 31
9 Breathing Evaluation and Treatment of Breathing Dysfunction 34
10 Treatment with Functional Exercises 38
11 Functional Exercises for the Pelvic Floor 52
12 Stretching Exercises for the Muscles Surrounding the Pelvic Floor 69
Appendix 83
Physical Therapy Evaluation of Female Incontinence 84
Physical Therapy Evaluation of Male Incontinence 87
Physical Therapy Evaluation of Male Patients Scheduled for or Post Prostate Surgery 90
Re-evaluation Post Prostate Surgery 84
References 95
Glossary 97
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