Older adults sometimes experience symptoms of urinary incontinence due to loss of muscle control from aging, childbirth, or pre-existing conditions. At Jiva Med Spa, we’re here to help restore you to a healthy lifestyle and get your body back on track. Photo Caption: Say no to incontinence with the help of BTL Emsella and reestablish the healthiest, most rejuvenated version of yourself! Regain Control: Say No to Incontinence That’s right. For today’s topic, we’re going to breakdown a difficult issue for many people—urinary incontinence. It is a common, yet embarrassing problem that persists in middle-aged to older adults, especially those who have gone through menopause or andropause. There are many factors that contribute to incontinence, with several complex varieties manifesting for both men and women. Thankfully, Jiva Med Spa is here to help you better understand the ins and outs of incontinence and what methods of treatment exist to alleviate the condition. What Causes Urinary Incontinence? First off, what is incontinence? As the term implies, incontinence is involuntary urine leakage from impaired or weak pelvic floor musculature. It is not unusual to experience leakage when laughing, coughing, sneezing, or exercising since those specific muscle groups are losing their ability to tighten and support the bladder. Others feel the uncontrollable urge to urinate frequently, which is another characteristic symptom. According to the Cleveland Clinic, there are numerous reasons that influence bladder control and lead to incontinence such as: Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) Side effects from medications An enlarged prostate Pelvic floor dysfunction Multiple sclerosis (MS) Diabetes Strokes Due to life events such as pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause, women have a higher chance of developing this condition than men. In addition to the strain of giving birth, pelvic floor muscles can be weakened by hormonal fluctuations during menopause in older women. Main Types of Incontinence It is important to understand which variety of incontinence your body is experiencing to receive the proper kind of treatment. There are four major types to become familiarized with: Stress Incontinence: Pelvic floor muscles are weakened and cannot support pelvic organs as they normally would, resulting in urine leakage when the bladder is under pressure. This includes everyday activities like laughing, running, or lifting heavy objects. This form of leakage is often experienced by women who have given childbirth but can also be a result of prostate surgery in men. Urge Incontinence: This type is just as it sounds – a sudden, extreme urge to urinate immediately, perhaps without enough time to find the proper facility. This necessitates frequent trips to the bathroom, even throughout the night, which can be aggravated by existing conditions such as diabetes, MS, or overactive bladder (OAB). Overflow Incontinence: Because the bladder never quite empties all the way, small amounts of urine drip out over time. Certain conditions can block the passageway to the urethra, making it seem like the bladder is completely drained. For example, this incontinence is widespread in men that have enlarged prostates, obstructing tumors, or those who have had nerve damage from an accident or stroke. Mixed Incontinence: Typically, this kind of incontinence involves a combination of stress and urgency. However, it can be a result of other personal conditions as well. The best thing to do is identify the underlying symptoms, and trace this back to the list of incontinence types to pinpoint the best remedy for your particular circumstance. How Can We Help One of the newest treatments at Jiva Med Spa is the BTL Emsella Chair. This cutting-edge technology can have a huge impact on both men’s and women’s lives by tightening loose, aging muscles in the pelvic floor area with non-invasive electromagnetic stimulation…and all with the patient fully clothed! Not only does is strengthen weak muscles, but it’s a great way to lift the pelvic floor, reinforce bladder support, and reduce incidents of leakage in the future. Plus, Emsella is a fantastic alternative to Kegel exercises! One 30-minute session of Emsella is equal to 11,200 Kegels! After all 6 recommended sessions, you’ll not only have completed roughly 67,000 Kegels, but the results are often more effective than some bladder surgeries! Additionally, many of our sexual health treatments improve urinary incontinence in women while simultaneously boosting their energy levels and libido. We understand that urinary incontinence impacts daily life, disrupting you from a normal routine. Our goal is to help you regain control of your day-to-day activities by providing you with comfortable, effective treatment plans. If you are uncertain about where to begin, we encourage you to come in for a free consultation with us at our Columbus (614-421-7546), Dayton (937-705-9430), or Cincinnati (513-834-1770) locations. We look forward to speaking with you! Take Advantage Of This Deal! EXCLUSIVE BLOG OFFER: Mention our “Incontinence” blog post when you book your appointment to receive a FREE Emsella Chair Pelvic Floor Rejuvenation session ($500 value).