Exercise for Bladder Control
Exercise is crucial to keep a healthy weight but can be a triggering factor in OAB. Many exercises (like running) put pressure on the bladder and increase urgency. Instead, opt for exercises that are gentle on the bladder, like hand weights, weight machines, walking, swimming, and bicycling. Always be sure to empty your bladder before exercising.
Kegel exercises are one of the best self-care exercises for improving bladder stability and reducing OAB symptoms. Practice Kegels at least three times per day to keep your pelvic floor strong.
Acupuncture for Bladder Control
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have treated issues like overactive bladder for millennia. Acupuncture uses tiny needles to stimulate healing points along the body, including points that improve kidney function, bladder function, nerve regulation, stress, and metabolism. Chinese herbal medicine also offers individualized solutions for bladder control and overall health.
PEMF Therapy for Bladder Control
PEMF, or Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy, is a helpful option for those with overactive bladders, especially women with stress incontinence.
PEMF therapy is a version of magnet therapy that can be used to stimulate the nerves that control the pelvic muscles. Studies show that PEMF therapy is successful in reducing urgency and urinary leakage caused by simple daily pressures like laughter, exercise, or coughing. PEMF works by reducing inflammation in the lower pelvic region, as well as stimulating healthy blood flow to the muscle and nerves of the bladder.