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Am J Mens Health. 2010 Mar;4(1):75-6. doi: 10.1177/1557988309331798. Epub 2009 Mar 16.

The 4-3-2 method for Kegel exercises.

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Psychology Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA. bruceb@ucsc.edu

Abstract

Performing Kegel exercises following prostatectomy is helpful in restoring continence, but requires concentration to accomplish the required contractions consistently. Confusion and effort with executing the procedure can reduce compliance. A new method subdivides the exercises into segments that can be executed without counting. The patient performs four sets of contractions daily, each set consisting of three contractions lasting two natural breaths, separated by two natural breaths. Because each number is below the limit that can be apprehended by subitizing without counting, cognitive effort is minimized.

PMID:
19477754
DOI:
10.1177/1557988309331798
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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