Hip external rotation exercises may be effective as an indirect form of pelvic floor muscle exercise in older women

In February 2019 researchers from the USA published the results of their study to assess whether undertaking hip external rotation exercises improved intravaginal squeeze pressure in older women. A total of 25 women, older than 55 years of age and with or without pelvic floor dysfunction, undertook monitored home exercise sessions three times a week for a period of 12 weeks. The exercises included concentric, isometric, and eccentric movements of the hip external rotator muscles. Results showed that the exercises increased both the intravaginal squeeze pressure and the hip external rotation strength in both hips. In addition, the pelvic floor distress inventory scores decreased.

Tuttle LJ et al. Hip exercises improve intravaginal squeeze pressure in older women. Physiother Theory Pract. 2019 Feb 1:1-8. [Epub ahead of print] 

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