Even though it does not get a ton of mainstream press, Urinary Incontinence is more prevalent than most people think… and it’s definitely no laughing matter. Call it a weak, leaky or overactive bladder… Urinary Incontinence affects many people around the world. Urinary incontinence is classified simply as the inability to control urination and the symptoms include the inability to hold it until you reach a bathroom frequent urges to urinate even after you have just emptied, dribbling and constant leaking. Urinary incontinence, in most cases is a treatable condition.
Urinary Incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine. About half of the elders have problems of incontinence. Women are most likely to develop incontinence either during pregnancy and childbirth, or after the hormonal changes of menopause, because of weakened pelvic muscles. Older men can also face incontinence as the result of prostate surgery. Pelvic trauma, spinal cord damage, caffeine, or medications including cold or over-the-counter diet tablets can also be the reason for urinary incontinence.
Types of Urinary Incontinence
There are four common types of incontinence:
- Stress incontinence happens when the bladder cannot handle the increased compression during exercise, coughing, or sneezing.
- Urge incontinence is caused by a sudden, involuntary bladder contraction.
- Mixed incontinence is a combination of both stress and urges incontinence.
- Overflow incontinence is rarer and is the result of bladder obstruction or injury.
- Other factors can cause incontinence such as decreased mobility, cognitive impairment, or medications.
Treatment for UI depends on the type of incontinence, its causes, and the capabilities of the patient. The guideline update recommends the following treatments:
- Pelvic muscle rehabili-tation—to improve pelvic muscle tone and prevent leakage.
- Kegel exercises—Regular, daily exercising of pelvic muscles can improve, and even prevent, urinary incontinence. This is particularly helpful for younger women. Should be performed 30-80 times daily for at least 8 weeks.
- Biofeedback—Used in conjunction with Kegel exercises, biofeedback helps people gain awareness and control of their pelvic muscles.
- Vaginal weight training—Small weights are held within the vagina by tightening the vaginal muscles. Should be performed for 15 minutes, twice daily, for 4 to 6 weeks.
- Pelvic floor electrical stimulation—Mild electrical pulses stimulate muscle contractions. Should be performed in conjunction with Kegel exercises.
This uncertainty can be paralyzing. But it is, in most cases is a treatable condition. All it takes is a little extra care and effort. Just 4 simple steps are all it takes and you can take back control of your unruly bladder.
It is the name of a pelvic floor exercise. These muscles are attached to the pelvic bone and act like a hammock, holding in your pelvic organs. To try, and to isolate these muscles trying stopping and starting the flow of urine. To perform these exercises you simply flex the muscle you normally use to cut off your flow of urine when you eliminate and hold it for about 10 seconds… and repeat. You should perform at least 10 repetitions 3–5 times a day for maximum results. Doing them daily will strengthen and tone your pelvic muscles and greatly increase your bladder control.
How to perform Kegel exercise:
Once you have located the muscles, simply tightening and relaxing the muscles repeatedly. These are basic Kegels. There are many variations on Kegels: elevator Kegels (Where you tighten slowly, in increments going in and out, like an elevator stopping on several floors), you can hold the muscle tightened for five seconds, you can bulge the muscles out at the end, and many other variations. But on the upside they can be done any time any place, even sitting at home watching TV.
(i) Potential Pit Falls: The modern world that we live in can be highly toxic… and by just avoiding certain processed and refined food sources you can eliminate the symptoms of urinary incontinence without drugs or surgery. Some of the most notorious offenders are:
- Carbonated beverages
- Processed meats
- Un-purified water
- Refined sugar or sugar substitutes
There are also a handful of real foods that have been shown to irritate the bladder and worsen incontinence that you’ll want to avoid – like cabbage, asparagus, and radishes.
(ii) Foods That Help: Bacteria in your bladder can aggravate incontinence to the point that it is unbearable, but there are few foods, which contain substances targeting harmful bacteria specifically.
To detoxify urinary tract and flush out impurities, drink plenty of fresh water every day. At the bare minimum… it is recommend that you drink at least 8 glasses a day.
(iii) Natural Supplements: A few supplements offer anti-inflammatory support against the harmful bacteria in your urinary tact and provide relief from the symptoms of urinary incontinence if taken daily.
Vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin E, Zinc, and flaxseed oil – all offer excellent anti-inflammatory support and help defend your body against free radicals that could otherwise cripple your ability to control your bathroom functions.
Another excellent tools are tulsi, Amla, Giloy etc.– it has been shown to offer amazing relief by forming a soothing layer of protection over irritated urinary tract tissue.
(iv) Kegel Exercises: Kegel’s are the standard and probably most effective treatment for urinary incontinence going.
In the most severe cases, if nothing is done urinary incontinence can lead to violent infections of the urinary tract and bladder. The symptoms of urinary incontinence are annoying and quite embarrassing. Most people are not proud of the fact that they are forced to wear adult diapers.
Therefore, to take the necessary steps to eliminate this problem is sensible.
Constant trips to the bathroom can be incredibly embarrassing and annoying. There should be no reason that urinary incontinence should keep anybody from going to dinner with friends, going to the movies or visiting your favourite vacation place. You can try the Kegel exercises.
Sources: http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/uiovervw.htm, http://www.bestlife-herbals.com
Recommendations by Esha Sharma, Ayurvedic Doctor
Urinary Incontinence arises from the ‘Vikriti’ of ‘Apana Vayu’ the Mooladhara Bandha helps to turn the “Apan Vayu” upwards, when done along with Abhyantar Kumbhak (holding the breath inside) this regulation of Apana Vayu not only helps in Urinary Incontinence but also allow to gain control over the endocrine system as well as energies body and mind.
Dr. Esha Sharma
The application of Moola Bandha means drawing up the muscles of the perineum only, although difficult, practice contracting and relaxing the whole of the pelvic floor until muscle tone is gained.
Whether it is Ayurvedic, allopathic or naturopathy…there is no other option to cure this problem with medicine. Only exercise can give relief to the Urinary Incontinence problem. One of the main exercises is the Kegel exercise…that is known as Mooladhar Bandha in typical Indian yoga exercise.
Doctors suggest that patients with this problem should avoid intake of liquid diet before going to bed at night. There should be a gap of 2 hours atleast. In addition, for the defense mechanism, they should keep hold of muscle contraction of pelvic as long as they can. This can help in controlling the incontinence.
In Ayurveda treatment, there are Rasayana medicines, which help in boosting immunity and fight with free radicals. Ashvagandha, Tulsi, Amla, Green Tea, Giloy and all type of Vitamin C are always helpful in it.