Men and women living with urinary incontinence may not have to turn to medication or surgery to relieve their symptoms.
Patients at the Holston Valley Outpatient Center are benefiting from a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment for urinary incontinence. The treatment, Beyond Kegels, relies on gentle exercises to strengthen pelvic wall muscles. Once those muscles are strengthened, leakage stops for many patients.
“Incontinence is a muscle weakness problem, and these exercises strengthen those pelvic wall muscles,” said Janet Hall, a physical therapist at the outpatient center. “Patients get better faster with this treatment. Many graduate after four to six visits.”
Beyond Kegels is a conservative alternative to medication or surgery. While some patients may eventually need to pursue more aggressive treatments, the exercise regimen provides lasting relief for many individuals.
“It’s always best to try non-invasive therapies off the bat,” Hall said. “We’ve had great success with women and men.”
Urinary incontinence is a problem that affects 50 percent of women and 20 percent of men. Most people suffering from urinary incontinence wait at least seven years to tell a doctor.
“Bladder control problems are common, but they are not normal,” Hall said. “You can take control by learning good bladder habits and strengthening pelvic wall muscles.
“I always say you should control your bladder before it controls you.”