Journal article

Co-activation of the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles during voluntary exercises.

RR Sapsford, PW Hodges, CA Richardson, DH Cooper, SJ Markwell, GA Jull

Neurourology and Urodynamics | Published : 2001


The response of the abdominal muscles to voluntary contraction of the pelvic floor (PF) muscles was investigated in women with no history of symptoms of stress urinary incontinence to determine whether there is co-activation of the muscles surrounding the abdominal cavity during exercises for the PF muscles. Electromyographic (EMG) activity of each of the abdominal muscles was recorded with fine-wire electrodes in seven parous females. Subjects contracted the PF muscles maximally in three lumbar spine positions while lying supine. In all subjects, the EMG activity of the abdominal muscles was increased above the baseline level during contractions of the PF muscles in at least one of the spin..

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