The Valsalva maneuver is an exercise used to assist in the emptying of the bladder and sometimes, within the context of sexual therapy, the Valsalva Maneuver assists in the treatment of the common male sexual problem of rapid or premature ejaculation.
It is a relatively simple technique, which in both conditions involves holding the breath while bearing down as if to have a bowel movement.
In cases of the inability to fully empty the bladder, known as flaccid bladder, the Valsalva maneuver is initiated at the end of urination. While seated on the toilet, the subject, feeling he has finished urinating, holds his breath, leans forward slightly, and bears down as if to have a bowel movement.
This procedure is helpful in emptying the bladder more completely. The Valsalva maneuver is one of several methods commonly prescribed for people with Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that effects sensory and motor control that often includes flaccid bladder among its complications.