By Dr. Allison Feldt, PT, DPT
Have YOU ever been told that peeing or leaking in your underwear is just one of those things that comes with being a mom or a woman? Worse, have you been told by your doctor that you have to accept it, take medication or rest for weeks on end, because nothing else can be done? Peeing without intention? Even just a little bit should be concerning. Everyone has heard a friend say, oh "I just peed!" or "I laughed so hard, I peed!" Maybe you don’t walk or run with friends or you don’t use the trampoline because you will pee. Maybe you’re okay with pee in your underwear. You just know that if you go for a run, you will pee your pants and maybe that’s okay with you. If you're age 30+ and you have answered YES to any of those questions, and you have suffered with incontinence for longer than 7 days, then please pay special attention to what I am about to tell you....
Incontinence, also known as peeing your pants, is a continuous struggle for thousands of women. Although you may have accepted this as a fact of life for you, what if I told you that this meant you have a dysfunction of one of your essential core muscles? Would that make you care? What if those core muscles determined if you were going to be old in diapers or not? Or in a wheelchair or not? Would that help you care? I meet lots of women who don’t mind that they leak urine. It’s a fact. I mean they still run, CrossFit, Pilates, barre, orange theory and yoga. It doesn't matter. They leak, and they don’t care because it's been happening for so long and they want to maintain their exercise routine since that’s what keeps them “healthy”. However, what is very important to know is that incontinence is a sign of pelvic floor dysfunction. What does that mean? You have a hole in your core. Your core is not functioning in the way it is supposed to.
Do you think peeing your pants while you exercise, sneeze, or run to the toilet is normal? I have some great news. This is not normal! Its super common but NOT NORMAL! And there is even something you can do about it!
Author: Allison Feldt
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