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Acupuncture: An Unconventional Way to Treat Incontinence

Acupuncture: An Unconventional Way to Treat Incontinence

September 28, 2012

Acupuncture to treat Incontinence?

The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that around 13 million people (all ages and both men and women) are affected by urinary incontinence. The results of incontinence issues cause anything from activity restriction to a decrease in ones quality of life and self-esteem. The most common types are urge incontinence and stress incontinence.

Urge incontinence is also referred to as an overactive bladder. Urge incontinence makes you feel as if you have an urgent need to go to the bathroom and may not get there in time, causing urine to leak. A few causes of overactive bladder include: damage to one’s bladder nerves, nervous system or muscles. There are some specific conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and stroke. These conditions can all affect nerves and bladder infections.

Stress incontinence may happen when there is an increase in abdominal pressure – such as when you exercise, laugh, sneeze or cough. Urine will commonly leak due to weakened pelvic floor muscle and tissue. Other common causes of stress incontinence include pregnancy and childbirth, which cause stretching and weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. Obesity is another contributing factor that can lead to stress incontinence.

While there is incontinence underwear available to help ease these issues, there are also natural/homeopathic remedies you can try to curb your frequent bathroom visits. These remedies include acupuncture and biofeedback.

Biofeedback is helpful when visiting an instructor who can show you how to monitor your bodily processes. Your instructor will feed you information about these bodily processes, including exercises to strengthen your bladder and urethral muscles, like kegel exercises. Biofeedback will help you perfect this exercise and it will also help you strengthen the muscle in a more permanent manner. Biofeedback can also be helpful to help you understand how to control your own internal stressors that could be putting extra stress on your mind and body.

Acupuncture is helpful in curbing incontinence because it stimulates the nervous system, causing the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being. Acupuncture is not a permanent fix, but it does help with preventive measures by restoring your body’s functions.

Whether you try biofeedback or acupuncture, note that treatment is not immediate – you will most likely have to visit your practitioner over a series of weeks. In addition to utilizing these homeopathic remedies, don’t forget to visit our full lines of incontinence panties and incontinence briefs.

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