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Kegels Cure Haemorrhoids

Haemorrhoids, or piles as they are more commonly known, are much more common than you might think, and they are currently a hot news topic. It was reported yesterday that haemorrhoids were Google’s biggest health search term of 2012, so sufferers may be relieved to know that they are not alone. Haemorrhoids affect men and women of all ages, however there are some risk factors that may make it more likely that a person will develop haemorrhoids, including constipation and pregnancy.

Treatment has varied success, depending on the severity of the condition, but for mild haemorrhoids and to prevent their development in the first place, it is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle. This includes increasing the amount of insoluble fibre in our diets to avoid constipation, eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and exercising. Exercising not only helps to improve muscle tone (including around your anal and rectal area) but also helps your digestive system to work more efficiently which can help to prevent constipation.

However, recent research has found that Kegel exercises, or pelvic floor exercises, are a useful aid in the prevention and treatment of piles. Kegel exercises are advocated by NICE (the National Institute for Clinical Excellence) as a first-line treatment for pelvic floor weakness and incontinence in both men and women, however they can also help you deal with the pain and discomfort of haemorrhoids.

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Kegel exercises can be performed manually or with the aid of an electronic pelvic floor stimulation device, for example the Kegel8 range. NICE guidelines advise against the use of anal probes if you are suffering from haemorrhoids, however if you decide to use an electronic pelvic floor exercise device, you can choose a programme that you can use vaginally or with skin electrodes.

Pelvic floor exercises help to prevent and treat haemorrhoids in a number of ways. Firstly, by exercising the muscles, like any other muscle, it increases blood flow to the area. By increasing blood flow to the anal region improving circulation you can help to prevent the development of haemorrhoids because bad circulation can contribute to haemorrhoids.

For those who already suffer from haemorrhoids, Kegel exercising can be very beneficial. The largest part of the pelvic floor muscles are found towards the back, so by strengthening your pelvic floor as a whole, it strengthens the muscles around the anus which in turn helps to provide support for internal haemorrhoids and can help to prevent existing haemorrhoids from enlarging or protruding. By tightening the tissues around the anus, Kegel exercises can also help to control leaking around the haemorrhoid problem areas.

The main thing to remember when dealing with haemorrhoids is to avoid constipation, because this only serves to trigger and exacerbate the problem. With simple lifestyle and dietary changes, and the addition of regular Kegel exercising, haemorrhoids can become easier to prevent and manage.

Kegel8 are an award-winning UK company specialising in the design, manufacture and sale of market-leading pelvic health devices. Our aim is to get the world (men and women alike!) Kegel8-ing and to realise their pelvic potential and the many benefits a strong and healthy pelvic floor brings!

3 Comments

  1. Charles

    January 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Decades ago I was “treated” for hemorrhoids. After months of wasting my time with OTC remedies I started making it a point to shower after each BM and then using a blow dryer to (carefully and fully) dry the area.

    Problem solved.

    Not one doctors suggested anything other than spending money on doctor visits and medications.

  2. Nicola

    January 9, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I agree with the CATT that toilet positioning (or whatever you call it) is essential. I suffered with haemorrhoids after my first pregnancy for 2 years – won’t go into detail but I changed my diet, and did my pelvic floor exercises and it has helped. I have not had a recurrance for over 10 years. It seems that since I strengthened my pelvic floor they went away. Maybe they were just pregnancy you can’t always be sure but the kegels worked for me.

  3. CATT

    January 9, 2013 at 9:15 am

    One of the easiest ways to get rid of hemorrhoids or avoid getting them is to elevate your feet while using the toilet, so that you are in a position of squatting versus sitting. This makes elimination easier and faster. The introduction of the modern toilet or it’s height has introduced a host of colon and rectal problems.

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