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Pelvic floor: how to strengthen your muscles and reduce incontinence risk

Nurses have elevated risk of pelvic floor weakness, resulting in urinary incontinence and other symptoms. Find out what you can do to reduce your risk
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The demands of the job mean pelvic floor dysfunction is common among nurses – find out about the simple exercise and lifestyle changes that can help protect you

Why is the pelvic floor so important?

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that starts at the coccyx and travels forward to the anterior portions of the pelvic girdle.

Pelvic health physiotherapist and lecturer at Brunel University Lucia Berry explains the role of these muscles is to support the pelvic organs, such as the bladder, rectum, prostate in men and uterus and vagina in women – which also aid


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