Stress Incontinence? Yoga Can Help You

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Many people feel completely overwhelmed when they first realize that they are experiencing stress incontinence. They often don’t know what to do or who to ask for help. It is important to realize that stress incontinence is a common problem that has many people looking for ways to manage it. One of the most important ways to manage stress incontinence is find the right incontinence products to meet your needs. There are numerous choices when it comes to incontinence supplies. It is important to check out online sites that offer adult incontinence supplies to see what your options are. You will find incontinence pads, incontinence underwear, and adult diapers that are designed to help you deal with any level of stress incontinence. Once you have the right incontinence supplies you can then move on to find other management strategies to help you deal with stress incontinence.

It may surprise you to learn that many people are turning to yoga to help them deal with their stress incontinence. If you have any type of incontinence you may have heard the term “Kegel exercise”. While this may sound new this exercise actually has its roots in the ancient practice of yoga. A Kegel is done in the same steps as the ancient practice of Root lock or Mulabhanda. These steps should be followed-
  • Begin by imagining that you are trying to stop wind from coming out of your anus. You will need to squeeze the muscles that are above the anus. You should only feel movement here and not in your legs or your buttocks.
  • While doing this you should try to focus on contracting the muscles as if you were trying to stop a stream of urine. This will activate the muscles that are closer to the front rather then the ones that are behind you.
  • If you are doing this correctly you should feel a squeeze of the muscles in the vaginal canal.
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Health care professionals agree that an important part of treating stress incontinence is strengthening the pelvic floor muscles. Having a healthy pelvic floor can not only reduce or even eliminate stress incontinence symptoms but act as a preventative measure, as well. It is important to understand that this type of exercise doesn’t have to be done only in a yoga class but can be done virtually anytime and should be repeated periodically throughout the day.

In addition, it has been found that not only using Kegel (or Root lock) exercises can be beneficial to dealing with stress incontinence but health care professionals recommend patients dealing with it also incorporate other types of physical exercise into their lives. Yoga can be highly beneficial in helping to strengthening all of the core muscles and help the mind reconnect to the body through deep breathing and movement. Many patients who have followed their doctor’s recommendations for additional exercise report significant reductions in their symptoms of stress incontinence after using yoga. In addition, the emotional toll of dealing with stress incontinence can be reduced as well.

Finally, it should be stressed that anyone who is considering using yoga or any other physical exercise program consults with their doctor before beginning. Your doctor can help to guide you in determining the right level of exercise for your health needs. The bottom line is that with exercise and the right incontinence products you can successfully manage your stress incontinence.

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