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How do pelvic floor exercises help with overactive bladder?

Ja-Hong Kim, MD
Urology
Pelvic floor muscle training forms part of the treatment for overactive bladder. It increases the tone of the muscle on the pelvic floor and therefore increases bladder stability. It has been shown to suppress the voiding reflex. By doing so you can suppress the urge to urinate, and gain more time to make it to the bathroom on time. A physical therapist can work with people who have difficulty locating the pelvic floor muscles.
 
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Pelvic muscle or Kegel exercises help strengthen the muscles around your bladder to improve symptoms. When done correctly and regularly, the exercises can help you improve or regain control of your bladder.

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