Incontinence

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Urinary incontinence is estimated to occur in 15-30% of people who live in the United States

Incontinence is the undesirable or unintended passage of urine (“urinary incontinence”) or stool (“bowel incontinence”). 

Normal urinary habits include: to void 4-7 times throughout the day, maintain dry underclothes at all times, and to be able to urinate without unintentional starts/stops/discomfort. Urine is stored by the bladder, which is like a balloon that fills with fluid throughout the day. It can hold about 400mL of fluid, unless the tie in the balloon (the "sphincter") isn't tied properly or held together by strong muscles. Incontinence occurs twice as often in women than men, due to trauma from delivering a baby that results in muscle weakness and the habit of waking up at night to use the restroom that is developed when the baby is young.

There are 6 different types of urinary incontinence; however, these two are the most common:

  1. Stress incontinence: 80% of women who have had a baby describe feeling a small amount of urine leaking while coughing, sneezing, or laughing. This occurs when the pelvic floor muscles are too weak to keep the urinary sphincter closed when there is abnormal pressure inside the abdomen. It may also be due to a change in shape of the bladder sphincter, which normally acts like the tie on a balloon to keep the urine inside the bladder.
  2. Urge incontinence occurs when you feel the need to use the bathroom more than 8 times per day, and/or are not able to make it to the bathroom in time to prevent loss of urinary control. It is very common in mid- to older- adults.

We at Alkaline Wellness Center have various treatments available:

  • Bladder training
  • Pelvic floor muscle training
  • Lifestyle changes such as weight loss, proper nutrition, avoidance of bladder irritants, and taking in fluids in moderation are all considered when prescribing your rehabilitation regime.

Incontinence can be treated with rehabilitation, but many people are too embarrassed to discuss it with their healthcare professional. On average, men wait 3 months before bringing urinary incontinence up with their healthcare practitioner while women typically wait 3-9 YEARS! Please don’t be part of that statistic. Come in and talk with us today.

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Call (678) 335-5566 or today to schedule an appointment. If you are looking for more information, email info@alkalinewellness.com, and one of our consultants will give you all the answers you need.