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Title: Effects of the Paula method in electromyographic activation of the pelvic floor: a comparative study
Authors: Resende, Ana Paula M. [UNIFESP]
Zanetti, Miriam R. D. [UNIFESP]
Petricelli, Carla D. [UNIFESP]
Castro, Rodrigo A. [UNIFESP]
Alexandre, Sandra M. [UNIFESP]
Nakamura, Mary U. [UNIFESP]
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Keywords: Methods
Pelvic floor muscles
Surface electromyography
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2011
Publisher: Springer
Citation: International Urogynecology Journal. London: Springer London Ltd, v. 22, n. 6, p. 677-680, 2011.
Abstract: To determine if Paula method of circular muscles contraction e.g., those surrounding the eyes, mouth and fingers, could increase pelvic floor muscle (PFM) activity.Thirty-four healthy, nulliparous volunteers were included, with an average age of 28 (+/- 5.9) years and body mass index of 23.8 (+/- 3.3) kg/m(2). They were assigned to randomly perform the sequence: a PFM maximal voluntary contraction, a contraction of circular muscles, followed by a simultaneous combination of PFM and circular muscle contraction. the PFM were evaluated using surface electromyography.PFM activity at baseline was 22.6 (+/- 10.9) mu v. It was unchanged with Paula method contraction (p = 0.322). There were also no differences between values of PFM maximal voluntary contraction alone, 99.8 (+/- 44.3) mu v and in combination with the Paula method, 91.8 (+/- 35.3) mu v (p = 0.093).The Paula method seems not to increase PFM activity in nulliparous women.
ISSN: 0937-3462
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