Effects of the Paula method in electromyographic activation of the pelvic floor: a comparative study

Effects of the Paula method in electromyographic activation of the pelvic floor: a comparative study

Author Resende, Ana Paula M. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Zanetti, Miriam R. D. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Petricelli, Carla D. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Castro, Rodrigo A. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Alexandre, Sandra M. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Nakamura, Mary U. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
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.
Keywords Methods
Pelvic floor muscles
Surface electromyography
Language English
Sponsor Mahle Foundation
Date 2011-06-01
Published in International Urogynecology Journal. London: Springer London Ltd, v. 22, n. 6, p. 677-680, 2011.
ISSN 0937-3462 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Springer
Extent 677-680
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00192-010-1331-x
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000290772500008
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/33737

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