3 Ways Physical Therapy Can Relieve Urge Incontinence

Urge Incontinence

Urge incontinence can be a silent burden, often causing emotional distress and impacting the quality of your daily life.

Just as you’ve learned about the hidden challenges of Diastasis Recti, it’s time to shed light on another condition that many women silently endure.

Understanding the emotional strain that Urge Incontinence can bring, this article will delve into what urge incontinence is and introduce three transformative methods that can alleviate its symptoms.

What Is Urge Incontinence?

Urge incontinence, often referred to as “overactive bladder,” is characterized by a sudden and intense urge to urinate, followed by an involuntary loss of urine.

This condition can be both physically and emotionally taxing, making even simple tasks like shopping or attending social events daunting.

But here’s the good news: contrary to the common misconception that physical therapy won’t help, it can be a game-changer for many women. Let’s explore how.

How Can Physical Therapy Help Relieve Urge Incontinence?


TENS Units: A Gentle Electrical Solution

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, more commonly known as TENS, is a revolutionary approach that has been transforming the lives of many.

While most associate TENS units with pain relief, their potential benefits for urge incontinence are often overlooked.

TENS units work by sending gentle electrical pulses to these nerves. This not only helps in calming the overactive bladder signals but also strengthens the communication pathways over time.

Imagine being able to go about your day without the constant worry of where the nearest restroom is. With consistent use of TENS therapy, this could be your reality.

And the best part? It’s a non-invasive method, meaning no surgeries or medications are involved.

Down Training: Retraining Your Bladder

The concept of down training might sound simple, but its impact can be profound. It’s like teaching an old dog new tricks – only this time, the ‘dog’ is your bladder.

Our bladders are creatures of habit. If you’ve constantly been responding to every little urge, your bladder has been conditioned to alert you even when it’s not truly full.

Down training is about breaking this cycle. By scheduling bathroom breaks and consciously increasing the intervals between them, you’re training your bladder to hold more and alert you only when necessary.

But it’s not just about holding in; it’s about understanding your body’s signals and responding appropriately. With guidance and time, you’ll find that you’re not just managing your symptoms, but genuinely improving your bladder’s function.

Relaxation Techniques: Breathing and Yoga Stretches

In our fast-paced world, stress is almost a given. But did you know that the tension you carry, especially in your pelvic region, can worsen your urge incontinence symptoms? That’s where relaxation techniques come into play.

Deep breathing exercises are more than just inhale-exhale routines.

They’re about centering yourself, focusing on the rhythm of your breath, and releasing the tension that builds up in your muscles. As you practice, you’ll find a noticeable difference in how often you feel the urge to go.

One effective breathing technique is the 4-7-8 method:

  1. Inhale quietly through your nose for a count of 4.
  2. Hold your breath for a count of 7.
  3. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound, for a count of 8.
  4. This completes one breath cycle. Repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.

As you incorporate this technique into your daily routine, you’ll find that not only does your mind become calmer, but the frequency of those sudden urges may decrease. The act of focused breathing helps release the tension that accumulates in the pelvic muscles, offering relief from the symptoms of urge incontinence.

Yoga, on the other hand, offers dual benefits. Specific stretches, especially those targeting the pelvic floor, can help relax and strengthen the muscles around the bladder.

Plus, the meditative aspect of yoga ensures your mind is at ease, further reducing the stress-induced triggers of incontinence.

Sound good? Let yourself make the change.

Bonus: Download Our Free Expert Incontinence & Bladder Expert Report

Are you tired of letting bladder control issues dictate your daily life? Do you wish for a life where you can be active, sociable, and confident without the constant worry of unexpected leaks? You’re not alone, and there’s hope.

Start by reading our FREE Report that sheds light on the root causes of incontinence and offers practical, easy-to-follow solutions.

This report is designed to empower you with knowledge and actionable steps to put an end to incontinence without resorting to medications or surgeries.

Written by expert physical therapist Katy Rush, who has treated thousands of people just like you.

Titled How To Stop Leaking, it’s packed with information about multiple stretches, exercises, and other techniques to make sure your Urge Incontinence goes away.

Expert Help at The Perfect Pelvis Physical Therapy Clinic

Do you feel like Urge Incontinence is taking over your life? Do you fear the joy that laughter can bring, for fear of leaking?

We understand, and we’re here to help you.

Urge Incontinence shouldn’t dictate the quality of your life or your emotional state. Whether you’re curious about our approach or are eager to take that first step.

We invite you to schedule a free phone consultation or contact us to arrange a $57 Urge Incontinence Screening. This assessment allows us to tailor a specialized treatment plan specifically for you, speeding your journey to relief.

At The Perfect Pelvis, our team of specialist physical therapists have helped thousands of people suffering from Urge Incontinence, just like you.

Don’t let Urge Incontinence continue to hinder your life and emotional well-being. Schedule a free phone consult, or contact us to arrange a $57 Urge Incontinence Screening. You can also feel free to give us a call at 816.607.3747 (We still like to talk on the phone!).

Say goodbye to Urge Incontinence.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Katy Rush, PT

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Dr. Katy Rush

The Perfect Pelvis

"We Help Active Adults & Athletes Get Back To Workouts and Sports They Enjoy without surgery, stopping activities they love, or relying on pain medicine."