Exercises to Help Hemorrhoids- You Believe It!

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

This article is a transcribed edited summary of a video Bob and Brad recorded in January of 2021. For the original video go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2aIKP-aWWQ&t=107s

Bob: Today we're going to show you some easy exercises to help hemorrhoids. Yes, believe it. This helps hemorrhoids and I'm going to actually sacrifice myself here, Brad. I'm going to admit that I had hemorrhoids, and this has helped my hemorrhoids.

Brad: Say no more, Bob.

Bob: Now I'm going to just go and warn you right away. The language is going to be a little bit graphic at times on here. We're not using blasphemy. We're just using descriptive words. So we're going to be talking about the genitalia and stuff like that.

Brad: It's all professional.

Bob: It's all professional, yeah. So what we're talking about here is Kegel's exercises. Arnold Kegel. He invented this in the fifties and it was really done mostly for urinary incontinence but I saw a bunch of articles, Brad that it does help hemorrhoids. It gets more blood flow to the area. But in my case, I'm going to get a little graphic here but it firms things up so things don't droop as much.

Brad: Around the anus.

Bob: Well yes, because you're strengthening the muscle of the pelvic floor.

Brad: Sure.

Bob: And the pelvic floor is made up of the superficial level and a deep level. But when you do this exercise you're strengthening both levels.

Brad: Sure. The pelvic floor, I envision them kind of flat like a pancake or like a diaphragm. And it literally is the pelvis floor that keeps things supported so that your visceral organs stay where the need to be.

Bob: Exactly. It's like a netting down there. And you know, it's horizontal just like the diaphragm. In fact, I think it's called, there's a name where they call it something like the diaphragm.

Brad: The bottom diaphragm?

Bob: Yeah, something like that. Seriously.

Brad: Inferior diaphragm?

Bob: Well, if not, we just made that up. So if you want to strengthen these or we're going to give you hints on how to do it. What you're going to feel is like a gentle gathering of the pelvic floor muscles. You're going to contract and lift them up. You should feel like you're including the anal sphincter. Like that should be moving up. With ladies and men too, in fact, we're going to talk about this later, you want to feel like the perineal body is lifting up. The perineal body. What is it, Brad? You want me to tell them?

Brad: Yeah, go ahead.

Bob: It's the area between the anus and the vagina for women and the anus and the scrotum for men. So it's really, we'll talk to it later how you can actually palpate that and feel it moving up.

Brad: So I'm assuming this is preferred in the seated position.

Bob: You could do it lying down. You could do it seated. In fact, it's a good thing to progress. Like start lying down. Then you could even do it in a quadruped position.

Brad: On your hands and hands and knees.

Bob: Hand and knees. You could do it in a seated position and they should do it standing. The whole thing with this, you should continue to breathe normally while you're doing this. People should not be able to tell that you're doing this. Brad and I could be doing it right now and you'd have no idea.

Brad: Assuming you've practiced it.

Bob: Practice, and you know what you're doing. With men, you may actually feel the base of your penis lift up and possibly your testicles as well. You know, we'll get into all the cuing that goes on. What you shouldn’t feel is you shouldn’t feel other muscles contracted, like the glutes.

Brad: You should or you should not?

Bob: Should not. They should not. You're trying to focus on the pelvic floor. You shouldn't feel the inner thigh. You shouldn't feel the abdominal muscles contract.

Brad: So if you're straining and tightening everything?

Bob: Yeah. You know and I've seen some other channels where they were actually promoting that. And I was like, you know, I don't think that's right.

Brad: That's not along with this?

Bob: Kegel's, yeah.

Brad: It came out of a book or two books, you said?

Bob: I've read a couple of books on it.

Brad: Sure.

Bob: Don't hold your breath. You should be able to talk. Don't tense, anything up in your face either, your eyebrows or shoulders, biceps.

Brad: It's just one of those things on isolating muscles. I mean, we do this with people, with your abdominal muscles try to isolate that for pelvic position. A lot of these areas of the body are very difficult to isolate or it's just not a normal thing. It's not like moving a finger, you know?

Bob: Yeah, I think that's a good point to be made, Brad. You can voluntarily control the pelvic floor muscles. But it's also got an added automatic component to it. It's going to automatically work at times when you're lifting or you're carrying something, you know.

Brad: I compare it to your breathing muscles. I mean, you can voluntary control your diaphragm and your breathing. But at the same time you don't have to think about it and you continue to breathe.

Bob: It's going to keep going. Hopefully, thankfully. So these are the common cues, and this is probably the most important part of this, is for women, you're going to squeeze and lift the pelvic floor. They tell you, you want to tighten up like you would like to stop the stream of urine. But they don't want you doing that. They don't want you to just start going and then stop.

Brad: Not literally?

Bob: Not literally because you could develop a urinary tract infection and it can mess with your reflexes, I guess a little bit, your urinary reflexes. So yeah, you want the feeling like you're stopping urine but not actually doing it. And another cue is you can make it feel like you're lifting and holding something in your vagina. You can also squeeze, like you're trying to hold in gas, which Brad and I know quite well. You know you're afraid to let one go, you're among company so you tighten up.

Brad: Flatulence, Bob.

Bob: Flatulence. There you go.