Yoga May Help Women With Urinary Incontinence
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Yoga May Help Women With Urinary Incontinence

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 28 Apr 2014 - 16:18
Meditation and exercise may help women suffering from urinary incontinence by helping them gain more control over urination and avoiding leakage, a new study published in the journal Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery found.
"Yoga is often directed at mindful awareness, increasing relaxation, and relieving anxiety and stress," first author of the study, Alison Huang, MD, assistant professor in the UCSF School of Medicine, explained. "For these reasons, yoga has been directed at a variety of other conditions -- metabolic syndrome or pain syndromes -- but there's also a reason to think that it could help for incontinence as well."
Recruiting 20 women for the study, all over 40 years of age who suffered from urinary incontinence everyday, the researchers assigned a part of them to a yoga therapy programme for six weeks. It was found that women who participated in the programme experienced 70 percent improvement in their condition and had a reduced frequency of leakage as opposed to those in the other group.
The researchers believe that yoga could be reducing urinary incontinence by more than one mechanism. Firstly, incontinence associated with stress and anxiety can be reduced by practising yoga- which is thought to lower stress levels dramatically. Secondly, regular practise of yoga is also thought to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor thereby preventing incontinence.
"We thought this would be a good opportunity for women to use yoga to become more aware of and have more control over their pelvic floor muscles," the researchers added.
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