How It Works
How does the Kegel Fitness exerciser work?
The pelvic floor is composed of superficial and deep muscle layers, slung like a hammock between the coccyx at the base of your spine and your pelvis, the main pelvic muscle being the Pubococcygeus Muscle. There are two 'holes' - the urethra and vagina positioned in the forward and the anus positioned at the rear.
This is why the pelvic floor muscles help to prevent the involuntary leakage of urine, support the organs in your abdomen, protect the pelvic organs from external damage, hold the pelvic organs (like the bladder in the correct position), control passing of urine, gas and bowel motions and play a role in sexual sensations during intercourse. In order for the pelvic floor muscles to carry out their function well, they need to be fit and adequately toned just like any other muscle in the body.
A weakness of the pelvic floor muscles may cause or worsen a number of problems like urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and a loss in sexual sensation or a feeling in vaginal looseness.
Many factors can weaken your pelvic floor muscles, including under-use of these muscles, damage due to pregnancy and childbirth, change in hormones that comes with menopause, decreased muscle tone due to aging, damage to the pelvic floor muscles due to long term straining when constipated or when associated with a chronic cough or obesity and surgery.
The pelvic floor toner by Kegel Fitness allows you to exercise your pelvic floor on your own, in the comfort of your home, as well as allowing you to gradually increase your pelvic muscle strength. It will also help you get more and more confident in your exercises, knowing that you are correctly contracting your pelvic floor muscles and improving your pelvic strength.
Who was Dr. Arnold Kegel?
Arnold H. Kegel M.D., F.A.C.S. (1894 in Lansing, Iowa - 1981) was a gynecologist who invented the Kegel perineometer (an instrument for measuring the strength of voluntary contractions of the pelvic floor muscles) and Kegel exercises (squeezing of the muscles of the pelvic floor) as non-surgical treatment of genital relaxation.
Today pelvic floor exercises are widely held as first-line treatment for urinary stress incontinence and female genital prolapse, with evidence supporting its use from systematic reviews of randomized trials in the Cochrane Library amongst others.
Kegel first published his ideas in 1948. He was Assistant Professor of Gynecology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine.