Understanding and Overcoming: A Deep Dive into Treating Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence affects each person differently, with varying causes and experiences. At Better Body, Inc., we treat every case as unique because of the care that we have for our patients in Long Island and Medford, NY.

We offer treatments to address urinary incontinence. With EMSELLA®, we can non-invasively treat this concern and get you back to your day. Our goal is to provide you with effective solutions that give you back your comfort and independence.

What Is Urinary Incontinence? 

Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of bladder control, leading to unintentional urine leakage. It can range from occasional minor leaks to more frequent and severe episodes. This condition can affect individuals of all ages and can have multiple underlying causes.

Types of Urinary Incontinence

  • Stress Incontinence: Occurs when physical activity or exertion, such as coughing, sneezing, or lifting, puts pressure on the bladder, causing leakage.
  • Urge Incontinence: An overactive bladder can lead to sudden, intense urges to urinate, resulting in involuntary leakage. This type often occurs with little warning and may cause frequent bathroom visits.
  • Mixed Incontinence: Mixed incontinence combines symptoms of both stress and urge incontinence. Individuals with mixed incontinence experience sudden urges and leaks due to physical stress.
  • Overflow Incontinence: This happens when the bladder doesn’t empty completely, leading to overflow and unexpected leakage. This type is often associated with a constant dribble of urine.
  • Functional Incontinence: This type arises from physical or cognitive impairments that prevent a person from reaching the bathroom in time. This type is not related to bladder function but rather to other limitations.

What Causes Urinary Incontinence? 

Physical Causes

Urinary incontinence can often result from physical changes or damage to the body. Childbirth, menopause, and aging can weaken the pelvic floor muscles, reducing their ability to control the bladder. Injuries or surgeries involving the pelvic area may also lead to incontinence.

Medical Conditions

Certain medical conditions can contribute to urinary incontinence. Neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease can affect nerve signals to the bladder. Diabetes and prostate issues in men are also common medical causes. Infections or chronic conditions like bladder inflammation can exacerbate incontinence.

Lifestyle Factors

Lifestyle choices and habits contribute to bladder control. High caffeine or alcohol intake can irritate the bladder and lead to increased urgency and frequency. Lack of regular exercise or obesity can also strain the bladder. Incorporating pelvic floor strengthening exercises into your routine can improve bladder control and reduce symptoms of incontinence.

Diagnosing Urinary Incontinence

Diagnosing urinary incontinence involves an evaluation by a healthcare provider. This typically includes discussing your symptoms and medical history, followed by a physical examination. Sometimes, additional tests like bladder function tests, ultrasounds, or urine analysis are necessary to pinpoint the cause and determine the most effective treatment plan.

Lifestyle Changes for Urinary Incontinence

Pelvic Floor Exercises

Strengthening the muscles that support your bladder can be an effective urinary incontinence treatment. Pelvic floor exercises, also known as Kegel exercises, involve contracting and relaxing these muscles to improve control. Regular practice can lead to significant improvements in bladder control.

Bladder Training Techniques

Bladder training involves learning techniques to improve bladder control and reduce the frequency of urination. This can include scheduled bathroom visits and gradually increasing the time between them. By retraining your bladder under your doctor’s supervision, you can manage urinary incontinence more effectively.

Dietary Modifications

What you eat and drink can impact your bladder health. Reducing the intake of bladder irritants such as spicy foods can lessen the symptoms of incontinence. Incorporating a balanced diet rich in fiber can also help maintain overall urinary health.

Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight helps with pelvic floor strengthening and reduces the strain on your bladder. For some, excess weight can put pressure on the pelvic floor muscles, exacerbating incontinence.

Fluid Management

Proper fluid management is important for effective urinary incontinence treatment. You should always drink enough water, but it’s also crucial to avoid excessive fluid intake that can lead to increased bladder activity. Finding the right balance can help you manage incontinence symptoms more efficiently while still prioritizing your health.

Treating Urinary Incontinence With EMSELLA

EMSELLA is a non-invasive treatment designed to improve bladder control and reduce symptoms of urinary incontinence. This innovative therapy uses electromagnetic technology to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles, enhancing their strength and function.

How Does EMSELLA Work?

The EMSELLA chair emits high-frequency electromagnetic waves that cause deep pelvic floor muscle contractions. These contractions are much stronger than those achieved through traditional exercises like Kegels and provide an intensive and effective workout for the pelvic floor. This process helps to restore neuromuscular control for patients with certain types of urinary incontinence. 

Why EMSELLA?

EMSELLA offers a unique approach to bladder control treatment by targeting the pelvic floor muscles directly. It is a quick and painless treatment that is performed while you are fully clothed. Each session lasts around 30 minutes, and noticeable improvements can be seen after just a few appointments. You will simply sit in the chair while the device does the work. 

Who Can EMSELLA Benefit?

The EMSELLA treatment is suitable for both males and females experiencing various types of urinary incontinence.  Our EMSELLA treatments offer a good non-invasive option for patients who aren’t seeing success with their current exercise plan or who want an easier way to strengthen their pelvic floor.

Regain Your Peace of Mind With Urinary Incontinence Treatments on Long Island

Managing urinary incontinence can improve your quality of life and make everyday tasks easier. At Better Body, Inc., we offer a variety of treatments, including EMSELLA to help you regain control. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us through our website or call us at (631) 320-1111.

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