Urinary Health

Strengthen your pelvic muscles for urinary health

pg_condtions_urinaryNot talking about something doesn’t make it go away! In fact, it usually has the exact opposite effect. Yet, bladder weakness still remains a subject extremely low down on our list of desired conversation topics. Oddly still considered taboo, our lack of knowledge on the subject means that we remain somewhat uneducated when it comes to the treatment options available to us. And you wouldn’t be wrong in thinking that, in terms of the information available; we men are a little neglected. But it happens to us too, and it is much more prevalent than you might realise. Research suggests that some form of incontinence affects 1 in 33 men of working age [1] and 5-15% of men above the age of 60 that still live at home [2]. This varies from post void dribbling to overactive bladder and urinary urgency.

For those not privy to the distressing effects of bladder weakness, it may seem trivial. Indeed, many men suffer in silence, accepting it as the inevitability of growing older. This should never be the case. It can be an incredibly debilitating disorder and really takes its emotional toll on those that endure it. Making changes to daily routines for fear of embarrassment and avoiding certain situations can have a great impact on both physical and emotional wellbeing. Some men opt to steer clear of physical activity altogether, which is detrimental for all round health.

The pelvic floor is responsible for the everyday functioning of the bladder. As we get older the muscles weaken and are therefore less able to perform their job effectively. However, rebuilding and maintaining this muscle strength can help with all forms of bladder weakness, including post void dribbling, stress incontinence and overactive bladder. Left untreated, symptoms will simply worsen over time.

Let the Private Gym give you the strength to combat weakness!

Relief from post-void dribbling

Want to shake that feeling of despair each time you go to the toilet? Post void dribbling can be extremely frustrating for those that suffer with it. It occurs when residual urine remains in the urethra after the bladder has been emptied. This residual urine slowly leaks out, which in many cases results in extreme embarrassment and anxiety. It is a relatively common complaint amongst men and is typically nothing to worry about. However, the effect that it has on emotional wellbeing should never be underestimated.

Many men that experience a problem opt to wear incontinence pads. The thought of wearing these alone is concerning for many, and the very idea that they could be noticeable to others is often extremely distressing. This leads to a large number of us making changes to our daily routines.

A healthy pelvic floor will take on the role of expelling this residual urine. When contracted, it compresses the urethra, squeezing out anything that’s left. The Private Gym programme is designed to rebuild strength in the pelvic floor, enabling you to regain complete control over your body.

Now that really is a relief!

Help for stress incontinence

There really is nothing funny about stress incontinence! It occurs when increased pressure is placed on the abdomen or bladder. This can happen as a result of laughing, sneezing, coughing, exercise, or even something as simple as a change in position. Often, it occurs following prostate cancer/surgery, but it is largely down to the strength of the pelvic floor muscles. Strong pelvic floor muscles are able to support the increased pressure. However, weakened muscles, following surgery or with age, are less able to carry out their job effectively, resulting in lack of control over the bladder and urine flow.

The Private Gym programme enables you to increase tone, strength and power of the pelvic floor muscles, thus helping to prevent and treat stress incontinence and the associated symptoms.

The ultimate form of stress relief!

Overactive Bladder relief

Finding it increasingly difficult to go anywhere without mapping your quickest route to the toilet? Well, for those of us with an overactive bladder it becomes a necessity. There’s simply no telling when that urge will take over, and when it does we can’t think of anything worse than being caught short.

There are typically a number of symptoms that accompany an overactive bladder, including frequency, loss of urine control on the way to the bathroom, or waking up in the night to urinate. Not to mention the psychological effects that it has. It can be extremely demoralising when the simplest of tasks becomes a challenge, and having to make changes to daily routines/rituals can be very distressing. It is therefore vital to heed the early warning signs; if you find yourself going to the toilet more than 8 times a day, it could be time to take action.

The pelvic floor muscles play a pivotal role in maintaining control over the bladder. They are vital for inhibiting urgency and, when contracted, restrict the flow of urine. The Private Gym programme is designed to strengthen the pelvic floor, thereby combating the associated symptoms of an overactive bladder.

Relief doesn’t just have to come from going to the toilet!

Sources

[1] Healthcentre.org.uk, (2014). Incontinence Information Guide to Incontinence. [online] Available at: http://www.healthcentre.org.uk/incontinence/ [Accessed 30 Sep. 2014].

[2] Allaboutincontinence.co.uk, (2014). Male Incontinence. [online] Available at: http://www.allaboutincontinence.co.uk/incontinence-in-men [Accessed 30 Sep. 2014].