Modified lumbo-pelvic exercise to alleviate mild stress urinary incontinence in middle-aged females

Yi Wang, Liangchao Liu, Qi Chen, Kuiting Gao, Hongchu Wang, Naxin Xu, Yinru Chen, Duo Wai Chi Wong, Wing Kai Lam

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Urinary incontinence is one of the common clinical problems of females passing middle age. Traditional pelvic floor muscle training to alleviate urinary incontinence is too dull and unpleasant. Therefore, we were motivated to purpose a modified lumbo-pelvic exercise training incorporating simplified dancing components with pelvic floor muscle training. The objective of this study was to evaluate the 16-week modified lumbo-pelvic exercise program that incorporated dance and abdominal drawing-in maneuvers. Middle-aged females were randomly assigned into the experimental (n = 13) and control (n = 11) groups. Compared to the control group, the exercise group significantly reduced body fat, visceral fat index, waistline, waist-hip ratio, perceived incontinence score, frequency of urine leakage, and pad testing index (p < 0.05). In addition, there were significant improvements in pelvic floor function, vital capacity, and muscle activity of the right rectus abdominis (p < 0.05). This indicated that the modified lumbo-pelvic exercise program can promote benefits of physical training and alleviate urinary incontinence in middle-aged females.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7142
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2023

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