November is Bladder Health Month; it’s a time to increase awareness about common bladder health problems. According to the Urology Care Foundation, 25 million Americans suffer from a loss of bladder control, and an estimated one out of every two women will experience some form of urinary incontinence in her lifetime. Although urinary incontinence affects twice as many women as it does men, anyone can experience incontinence. Fortunately, there are many treatment options including PEMF therapy for urinary incontinence.
What is urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is the loss of control of your bladder. This means leaking urine or urinating when you do not want to. There are muscles in the bladder that when contracted force urine through the urethra. Simultaneously, sphincter muscles around the urethra relax, allowing urine to exit the body.
There are several different types of incontinence. The causes for these conditions vary, and the severity of the condition can vary from person to person. Neurological disorders, infections, obstructions, and a lack of muscle control can cause incontinence. Women may experience incontinence during pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. Even things like smoking and your diet can influence your risk for incontinence.
For some, incontinence is minor or inconvenient. For others, incontinence can have a serious, negative affect on their quality of life. It can lead to embarrassment, social withdrawal due to fear that they won’t be near a bathroom, constant fatigue from waking up through the night, and depression.
Many people who experience incontinence wait years before seeking help after noticing symptoms, and some never get help at all. Incontinence isn’t just a normal part of aging, however. It can be treated.
PEMF therapy for urinary incontinence
Common treatments for incontinence include lifestyle changes and prescription drugs. There are also invasive treatment options for incontinence. Changing your diet and giving up smoking could help, but that may not be the source of the problem. Consider PEMF therapy for urinary incontinence before you commit to medication or an invasive procedure.
Pulse electromagnetic field therapy can help relieve symptoms of incontinence by reducing inflammation and swelling and stimulating muscles and nerves to promote healthy function. There have been several studies showing the effectiveness of PEMF therapy for urinary incontinence. For example, a study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science found that patients who received PEMF with and without physical exercise both saw improvement, while those who received only a placebo did not.
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy offers many other health benefits as well. Call 877-473-6377 or contact PEMF Complete online if you’d like to learn more about adding PEMF therapy to your practice, or for personal PEMF systems.