Amy Talks at Mount Sinai, Part 2

Interview with Amy Stein by Riva Preil

A continuation of our last post, in which Amy discusses her recent talk about pelvic pain and health at Mount Sinai. Here is a sampling of some questions practitioners asked. There’s helpful information here for practitioners and sufferers alike.

Can Kegel exercises help treat incontinence as well as post surgical incontinence?
I was happy to inform them that research has shown that Kegel exercises are very effective in treating postpartum and postsurgical incontinence, as well as any incontinence!

When are Kegels NOT indicated?
I responded that they are not indicated with any pain syndromes or overactive/high tone muscle conditions. For example, urinary urgency and/or frequency is often related to tight pelvic floor muscles.  Incomplete emptying of bowel movements and constipation are also often associated with overactive pelvic floor muscle tone.  In both of these instances, Kegel exercises are contraindicated.

Overall, the talk was a huge success and I received a lot of positive feedback from the physicians.

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