Urinary Incontinence

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    Many different foods and beverages can irritate the bladder. Some of these include the traditional culprits: caffeine, orange juice, alcohol, and spicy food. Cutting back on the sugar-free and other gas-yielding foods will make a big difference. No one really knows why certain dietary choices affect the bladder the way they do. Moreover, one individual may be more susceptible to a certain food than another person. This is why using a daily log can be so powerful in making diagnoses. A food or drink...Read More
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    Luckily, the bladder is a very trainable organ. Using physical therapy behavioral modification techniques and exercises can help to retrain your bladder back to normalcy; however, before your bladder retraining can begin, you will need much information, because the process is highly individualized. The types of information you will need include the following: The quantities and types of food and drink you consume (to analyze hydration and spot bladder irritants in your diet) How often and how...Read More
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    The best way to identify your pelvic floor muscles is to go to a licensed physical therapist who specializes in treating incontinence and have him or her perform SEMG biofeedback; however, there are other ways to locate them successfully. There are four teachable ways to locate them at home, so you'll know that you will be exercising the correct muscles in your home treatment plan. Like most skeletal muscles, pelvic floor muscles are right below the skin. They are close to the outside of you, not...Read More

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Kathryn Kassai

Kathryn Kassai, PT, CES, has over 32 years experience as a physical therapist. She earned her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware in 1978. She founded Praxis Physical Therapy in San Pedro, California in 1988. Today Praxis enjoys one of the highest customer satisfaction rankings of any physical therapy clinic in the country. Kathryn has specialized in the conservative treatment of incontinence, pelvic floor rehabilitation and pelvic pain for the past 15 years. She lives in the Los...

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