Medicine: Neglected Muscle

One of the most neglected muscles in the human body may also be one of the most important. It is, says the University of Southern California's Dr. Arnold H. Kegel, the pubococcygeus, which lies near the base of the pelvis, just above the perineum* It has the task of holding up the organs in the lower pelvis. But, Kegel believes, in many cases—particularly among women—it may not be highly enough developed by nature to do its job efficiently.

Most doctors pay little attention to the pubococcygeus until a woman has serious trouble;resulting from its inability to support vital organs—usually after...

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