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The status of pelvic floor muscle training for women.
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PMID:  21191506     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
There is no consensus on the amount of exercise necessary to improve pelvic floor muscle (PFM) function. We reviewed the pathophysiology of PFM dysfunction and the evolution of PFM training regimens since Kegel introduced the concept of pelvic floor awareness and the benefits of strength. This paper also describes the similarities and differences between PFM and other muscular groups, reviews the physiology of muscle contraction and principles of muscle fitness and exercise benefits and presents the range of protocols designed to strengthen the PFM and improve function. We also discuss the potential application of new technology and methodologies. The design of PFM training logically requires multiple factors to be considered in each patient. Research that defines measures to objectively quantify the degree of dysfunction and the efficacy of training would be beneficial. The application of new technologies may help this process.
Andrea Marques; Lynn Stothers; Andrew Macnab
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian Urological Association journal = Journal de l'Association des urologues du Canada     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1911-6470     ISO Abbreviation:  Can Urol Assoc J     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101312644     Medline TA:  Can Urol Assoc J     Country:  Canada    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  419-24     Citation Subset:  -    
Postdoctoral student, Bladder Care Centre University of British Columbia (Canada), Department of Physiotherapy of the Center for Assistance to Women's Health, CAISM-UNICAMP, Campinas (SP), Brazil;
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