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To put into action, practice, or force; to make use of something, such as a right or option.

To exercise dominion over land is to openly indicate absolute possession and control.

To exercise discretion is to choose between doing and not doing something, the decision being based on sound judgment.


(Discharge a function), verb act, administer, carry into execution, carry on, carry out, conduct, do duty, efficere, engage in, execute, exercere, facere, officiate, perform, practice, pursue, put in motion, put into action, put into effect, put into practice, serve as, translate into action, wage
Associated concepts: authority exercised under the United States Constitution, exercise an option, exercise jurisdiccion, exercise of judicial discretion
Foreign phrases: Cui jurisdictio data est, ea quoque connessa esse videntur, sine quibus jurisdictio explicari non potest.To whomsoever jurisdiction is given, those things also are supposed to be granted, without which the jurissiction cannot be exercised. Frustra est potentia quae nunquam venit in actum. A power is a vain one if it is never exercised.


(Use), verb apply, avail oneself of, bring into play, bring to bear, draw on, employ, make use of, operate, practice, put in action, put in practice, put to use, put to work, turn to account, utilize, wield
Associated concepts: exercise a right to vote, exercise an option, exercise discretion, exercise dominion, exercise due care, exercise of power
See also: act, apply, campaign, commission, discipline, effort, employ, endeavor, enterprise, exert, exploit, labor, officiate, operate, ply, practice, problem, resort, transaction, undertaking, wield, work
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Biofeedback and pelvic floor exercises for the rehabilitation of urinary stress incontinence.
We had her views on incontinence in women of a certain age, particularly after children, thoughts on pelvic floor exercises, why a recession is better than the credit munch and the benefits of pass the parcel at children's parties.
This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of UI in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, the health-seeking behaviour of affected women, and women's knowledge of pelvic floor exercises.
Pelvic floor exercises were prescribed pre-operatively by 68.
In fact, 80 percent of those affected by stress urinary incontinence can be treated successfully with therapeutic options that include pelvic floor exercises, such as Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles; electrical stimulation to return injured muscles to fitness (and biofeedback to monitor progress); medical devices that block or capture urine; or surgery to repair or lift the urethra or bladder neck to provide support during straining or sudden movements.
Downie (10) advised pelvic floor exercises after about six to eight treatments of faradic electrical stimulation.
In addition to pelvic floor exercises, taking measures to optimize fetal positioning can also help reduce perineal trauma.
Salvesen of Trondheim (Norway) University and his associates randomized 301 nulliparous pregnant women to either no training or 1 hour of intensive pelvic floor exercises with a physiotherapist each week for 12 weeks (BMJ 2004;329:378-80).
IF life's getting you down, share tales with a 50-something housewife of HRT, pelvic floor exercises and trips to Ikea.
Treatments include pelvic floor exercises, dietary changes, weight loss, smoking cessation, and general exercise.
Single-blind, randomized control trial of pelvic floor exercises, electrical stimulation, vaginal cones, and no treatment in management of genuine stress incontinence in women.