Kegel exercises

stock12We all know about the kegel exercises – squeeze, hold and release – and we all have done them diligently to get a tight vagina, especially after childbirth. However, in reality, performing kegel exercises without resistance often doesn’t achieve the desired result.

Kegel exercises were developed by Dr Arnold Kegel, a Los Angeles Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, in the 1940s. He discovered that pelvic floor muscles could be strengthened by exercising them using resistance. Stronger vaginal muscles can prevent or even repair a mild to moderately prolapsed bladder. They can also help with incontinence and eliminate the need for surgery. He soon found that by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles most women could reduce their symptoms to a level where invasive treatment was no longer necessary.

The Pubococcygeus or PC muscle makes up the major muscular support of the floor and roof of the vagina. This muscle is attached to the pelvic bone and acts like a hammock, holding in the pelvic organs. When this muscle is weakened, the bladder can pouch down, the vagina and uterus can also prolapse down toward and even through the vaginal opening.

Below is an excerpt from Dr Kegel’s research study.

In patients who do resistance exercises correctly and diligently, the following progressive changes will occur:

  • Muscular contractions can be felt in areas where none could be demonstrated before, especially in the anterior and lateral quadrants of the vaginal wall.
  • Contractions of the pubococcygeus which at first were weak and irregular became strong and sustained.
  • Improvement in tone and texture of all musculofascial tissues of the pelvic floor and outlet takes place.
  • Increased bulk of the pubococcygeus and its visceral extensions becomes evident.
  • Changes occur in the position of the perineum, introitus, urethra, bladder, neck, and uterus in relation to an ideal line drawn between the os pubis and coccyx.
  • The vaginal canal becomes tighter and longer.
  • The vaginal walls, which formerly were flaccid, improve in tone and firmness.
  • Bulging of the anterior vaginal wall (often diagnosed as moderate cystocele) becomes less pronounced.
  • Prolapsus of a freely movable uterus, when present, with cervix presenting near the level of the introitus is usually improved, and in some instances the cervix has ascended to as high as 5 to 7 cm. above the introitus.
  • Supportive pessaries, worn for as long as ten or more years, can usually be discarded without return of discomfort.
  • Patients can be fitted with smaller contraceptive diaphragms, whereas diaphragms of larger size formerly slipped out of place.

Women who do their Kegel exercises without resistance often use the wrong muscles and contract their abdominal muscles at the same time as the PC muscle. This can have the detrimental effect that the abdominal muscles, which are bigger and stronger push down on the pelvic floor and make the problem worse.

This is exactly why the Kegelmaster was invented! This device is easy to use and provides 15 levels of resistance. There is also no question as to whether you are using the correct muscles. Only by using the correct muscles will you be able to close the Kegelmaster.

“At first I thought performing Kegel exercises for women was all about squeezing your butt cheeks together. I had no idea I wasn’t doing them correctly”.

“After the birth of my second baby, I made a concerted effort to start my Kegels literally as soon as bubs had made her appearance. I performed them daily while showering, while cleaning my teeth…whenever I remembered. After two months of performing Kegel exercises daily I did not notice any difference to my pelvic floor. No one had told me that Kegel exercises alone didn’t work.”

Resistance is the key to performing these Kegel exercises

stock2With added resistance to rapidly produce stronger pelvic floor muscles and a tight vagina, the Kegelmaster offers women a safe and effective way to do their exercises. There are machines that use weight as resistance; there are machines that use water as resistance; there are even machines that use hydraulics as resistance. This exerciser uses 4 springs, resulting in 15 different combinations of settings which enable you to monitor your success closely.

To increase your muscle mass you must continue to challenge your muscles by slowly and consistently increasing the resistance you use.

“One of the fun things about using this device is that you can actually see the progress you are making by the number and position of springs in the unit. It’s always such an accomplishment when it comes time to increase the resistance”.