Incontinence is defined as the unintentional loss of urine – Stress incontinence happens with physical activity or movement such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting objects, jumping, exercise and even when having sex. A person may not experience incontinence every time they do one of these things, but any pressure-increasing activity can make you more vulnerable, especially when you bladder is full.
What Causes Stress Incontinence?
There are a number of factors that increase the risk of developing stress incontinence. Including but not limited to:
- Pregnancy and Childbirth
- Body Weight
- Previous Pelvic Surgeries
- Inherited predisposition
- Weakness or injury
- History of chronic constipation
While it’s common to experience incontinence as you get older, it is important to understand that it is not a normal part of the aging process and there are steps you can take to prevent or correct stress incontinence.
What you can do:
- Perform exercises that strengthen your core and pelvic muscles
- Learn how to perform Kegel Exercises correctly and do these routinely
- Shed extra weight
- Add fiber to your diet
- Avoid foods and beverages that can irritate your bladder
- Stay hydrated
- Schedule routine trips to the restroom
To learn another exercise that can help strengthen the muscles that support the bladder, watch the video below.
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
At OptimaLiving Therapy, we specialize in Pelvic Floor Therapy. If you are experiencing any level of symptoms, it’s important to start a plan of action as soon as possible. Unfortunately, incontinence symptoms aren’t likely to improve without concerted effort. And if left untreated, symptoms can worsen.
Be wary of invasive procedures such as Slings, Artificial Sphincters, and Injectable Bulking Agents. Often people respond well to conservative treatments first. And pelvic floor therapy does not have any side effects or risk of complications.
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