What is urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is a frustrating condition that affects millions of men and women. It can be caused by surgery, pregnancy or delivery, weakness, connective tissue changes, poor posture, decreased core strength, and non-optimal breathing patterns.
Stress urinary incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence is often associated with weakness and poor recruitment of the pelvic floor muscles and other core musculature (transverse abdominals, multifidi, diaphragm, and hips).
Urge incontinence is often associated with weakness or tightness of the pelvic floor muscles. Urgency, frequency, and urge incontinence can get worse with stress and hormonal fluctuation. Bladder irritants, such as coffee, black tea, soda, seltzer, citrus, red and blue food dyes, and alcohol may increase incidents of urge incontinence.
How is urinary incontinence treated?
The most effective treatment for urinary incontinence is a multidisciplinary approach. An evaluation from an appropriate medical provider is critical to rule out infection or other pathological causes.
After the provider establishes a plan of care, which may include medications, pelvic health physical therapy is helpful. Physical therapists with a specialization in pelvic floor dysfunction help decrease pain and increase function by restoring optimal length to the muscles and tissues, enhancing muscular coordination, and creating home programs for the client to use during treatment and after discharge to prevent flare-ups.
Can yoga help urinary incontinence ?
I designed these pelvic yoga programs to augment the medical treatment provided in the clinic. The goals of the DVD are the same as the goals in a physical therapy home program: to increase flexibility, core strength, and offering a tool for self-healing.