Urology of Greater Atlanta

What Are Bladder Exercises?

Urology Of Greater Atlanta

There seems to be a different type of exercise for every part of your body. There are exercises that improve your overall health and others that build muscle mass. What about bladder problems?

If you have bladder control problems such as an overactive bladder (that causes urinary incontinence) then exercises may be able to help ease these bladder issues. And it’s far better to try simple lifestyle treatments before undergoing surgery as there are far fewer complications that could occur.

Pelvic floor exercises

Kegel exercises are a simple way to help treat the symptoms of an overactive bladder such as urgency and incontinence. They are easy to add to your daily routine. These types of exercises strengthen your bladder muscles and improve your bladder control.

To perform Kegels, simply contract or squeeze the muscles of your pelvic floor. These are the same muscles that you may use to stop your urine stream or slow down the urine flow. You can do these whilst sitting, lying down, or standing up. So It’s possible to do these at any time, no one will know that you are doing them, which makes it very practical.

One recommendation from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases(NIDDKD) suggests contracting for three seconds. Try to build on what you can already do until you are able to do three sets of 10 contractions every day.

To perform Kegels, simply contract or squeeze the muscles of your pelvic floor. These are the same muscles that you may use to stop your urine stream or slow down the urine flow. You can do these whilst sitting, lying down, or standing up. So It’s possible to do these at any time, no one will know that you are doing them, which makes it very practical.

Identify pelvic floor muscles with Biofeedback

To help you do Kegel exercises more effectively you can benefit from a procedure called biofeedback. Your healthcare provider at Urology of Greater Atlanta will use computer graphs and audio cues to help you locate and identify the right muscles to do Kegels.

Bladder training

Bladder training can also help with urinary incontinence. You can help reduce incontinence by holding in more urine before you go to the bathroom. As you are able to hold in more urine, you can increase the waiting time between bathroom visits.

First, make a diary of how many times you urinate in a day. Then, train yourself to hold more urine by waiting as long as possible before going to the bathroom, even if it’s uncomfortable. After several weeks of this type of training, you should be able to extend the time between your bathroom visits.

Electrical stimulation

Electrical stimulation may also help you reduce urinary incontinence.

Electrical impulses are directed to your bladder through electrodes causing the muscles to contract. Over time these muscles will increase in strength.

Train yourself to hold more urine by waiting as long as possible before going to the bathroom, even if it’s uncomfortable. After several weeks of this type of training, you should be able to extend the time between your bathroom visits.

Vaginal cones

Vaginal cones are a type of weight training equipment to help strengthen pelvic floor muscles for women.

The cone is placed inside the vagina to begin. Then the cone is lifted using the pelvic floor muscles. The cones come in different weights, so you can start with lighter ones and then progress to heavier ones as you get more comfortable. Pelvic floor muscles will get stronger throughout this process.

Prevent urinary incontinence

Gain control of your bladder! Try the Kegel exercises and other bladder-strengthening activities we mentioned in this article and you will likely see a reduction in your symptoms and avoid embarrassing accidents. You are likely to sleep better and reduce emotional distress.

If after trying these exercises you still struggle with urinary incontinence then speak to a urologist. It may be that your condition requires more advanced techniques or procedures such as inserting an artificial urinary sphincter device or performing a bladder sling procedure

The board-certified urologists at Urology of Greater Atlanta provide state-of-the-art testing to identify the issue causing your incontinence and personalized treatment plans to restore normal bladder function.

Call the practice or schedule a consultation online today for expert incontinence treatments.

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