Bladder keeping you up running to the restroom all night?
Are you desperate to get a few consecutive hours of sleep but your bladder hasn’t gotten the message that this is nighttime and not middle of the day?
Why is it that your bladder becomes more active at night than during the day?
There are many reasons for frequent nighttime bladder urges, and many of them have as much to do with a sleep problem, as a bladder or pelvic floor problem. Either way, we can help you sort it out and get quality sleep again.
Millions of women - and men! - in the U.S. suffer daily with a bladder that holds them back. It may be a small (or not so small) leak of urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh, jump, or lift something heavy. Or maybe it’s the need to go so frequently that you avoid going certain places where a restroom won’t be conveniently available or you won’t know where it is. It may even mean losing precious sleep due to your bladder waking you up repeatedly during the night. For some people there is even discomfort or pain when the bladder is filling up. In any of these situations, life is no fun with a “weak bladder.”
Summer is here, the kids are deep into their out-of-school mode, and it’s time for some good outdoors family time! If you plan to go hiking, or otherwise spend much time outdoors, you know not to set out for the day without at least 1 liter of water per person per 2 hours in the heat of the day. Does that sound like a lot of water to you?
May is pelvic pain awareness month, and pelvic pain is a topic I am asked about so frequently that it bears talking about from a variety of angles. So many women and men live day in and day out with pain in their pelvic region, buttocks, genitals, pubic area, tailbone, groin, bladder, genitals, rectum. It can get in the way of day to day activities like sitting, walking, sleeping, sexual activity, exercising, working, or child care. It can change your mood, your focus, your ability to engage with people you want to (or just need to) spend time with and pay attention to.
This is a question that I am asked so often, it deserves a good thorough answer in its own blog post.
Yoga is an amazing way of calming your mind, exercising your body, and just having a great night's sleep. There are many great benefits to be enjoyed from practicing yoga.
Unfortunately, there has also a lot of controversy that has come up around yoga in recent years. Some of the concerns well founded for some people. So I thought I would try and address some of the questions, dispel some of the myths, and let you know how you can get the most out of your yoga practice in the safest way.
It's is a term that you may hear about and may have read a lot about. If you have pain somewhere in “that area” that is hard to describe, you have probably already done some research online to try to figure out what is wrong. You may have even found some possible suggestions as to how to solve this problem.
But how do you know whether what you have is Pelvic Pain?
When we say "pelvic pain", we’re talking about a number of different problems, with one term, so let’s break it down.
Every year around this time I hear from people about their latest new year’s resolution. Lately more and more, though, I am hearing from friends, family, and clients, that they have stopped making new year’s resolutions. They feel that they never stick to their resolutions for longer than a few weeks anyhow, so they say “What’s the point?” For the same reasons, I see people shunning the idea of setting personal goals, because they worry about failing to reach the goal they set. Does this mean that goals and resolutions are bad ways to pursue personal growth? Not necessarily, but recent research shows there may be a better way.
According to the Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA), as many as 3 to 8 million women and 1 to 4 million men in the US experience symptoms of the condition known as Interstitial cystitis, painful bladder syndrome, or hypersensitive bladder syndrome.
Symptoms can include bladder pain, a sense of urinary urgency, or frequent sensation of needing to urinate even when the bladder is not full. These sensations can occur with bladder filling, with voiding, with sitting, exercise, or sexual activity. They are sometimes reduced or alleviated by urinating, but often only for a short time. Sometimes pain is absent, and urinary urgency/frequency is the only symptom.
By now there is a fairly well-established understanding in at least parts of the medical community, as to how many aspects of health and well-being are influenced in women by pelvic health, and in particular by good function of the pelvic floor muscles. Urinary incontinence, urinary urgency and frequency, bladder pain, sexual pain and other sexual dysfunctions, pelvic organ prolapse, constipation, pudendal nerve pain, as well as hip, sacroiliac, and lumbar joint problems, are all associated with pelvic floor dysfunction.
Helping women & men restore dignity and confidence in bladder, bowel, and sexual function without relying on medicines or surgery.
Deborah S. Cohen
Specialist Pelvic Health Physical Therapist