Stop Stress incontinence
What is Stress Incontinence ?
Roughly 10 million people in the United Kingdom suffer from some sort of bladder problems. Stress incontinence is when you leak un-voluntarily whenever you apply normal pressure to your bladder. You may experience leaks when you cough, sneeze, laugh or exercise etc.
You may not experience incontinence every time you do one of these things, but any activity that increases pressure on your bladder can make you more vulnerable to unintentional urine loss, particularly when your bladder is full.
What causes Stress Incontinence ?
The main purpose of the Pelvic Floor is to support your bladder & control the flow of urine. Think of your Pelvic Floor muscles as a hammock that holds your bladder, uterus and rectum in place.
During physical activities like sneezing or running, the pressure in the abdomen increases on the bladder. In a well-functioning Pelvic Floor, the muscles are able to reflexively contract and maintain closure of the urethral sphincters during these high-pressure activities.
When the Pelvic Floor is weakened, however, the muscles cannot produce a strong enough contraction to keep the urethral sphincters closed. Pelvic Floor muscle weakness may be caused by pregnancy, childbirth, back and hip pain as well as impaired posture or body mechanics.
How to fix Stress Incontinence ?
If you are experiencing incontinence of any kind, first discuss symptoms with your medical provider to ensure you are receiving a thorough examination to rule out any complications. Once you have established your symptoms are due to stress incontinence and weak pelvic floor, muscle training should begin in order to prevent urine leakage and improve overall pelvic health.
The first line of treatment to prevent and correct stress urinary incontinence is to strengthen the Pelvic Floor with Pelvic Floor Training. Adding Pelvic Floor exercises to your daily routine is the most effective remedy.