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Overactive Bladder… no laughing matter!

Last Updated: June 6, 2023

Bodywork can help those suffering with Overactive Bladder (OAB). Did you know that 33 million people are dealing with OAB in the United States? OAB is the sudden urge to urinate then an immediate loss of urine. A person with overactive bladder will urinate eight or more times in 24 hours and/or wake two or more times at night to urinate.

Causes of Overactive Bladder

The reason that Bodywork is successful in treating OAB is that OAB can be a result of injury or scar tissue in the abdomen. Some of the possible causes are C-section, endometriosis, pelvic or abdominal surgery, or a trauma to the abdomen. Stretch marks from pregnancy or weight fluctuations can also contribute. Organs are part of the fascial system and they need to be able to expand and contract to work properly. When the bladder is affected by trauma or scar tissue, it exerts crushing pressure upon the bladder creating symptoms of urgency and incontinence. The fascia restrictions impede proper elimination of toxins and waste from the tissue. If the fascia tightens around the bladder it can limit the bladder’s potential to enlarge sufficiently creating the need to urinate frequently or painfully.

There are medications that treat overactive bladder but they come with possible side effects such as an increase in blood pressure, dizziness, fatigue, and more. Furthermore, medications treat the symptoms but not the cause of the problem.

Many people who suffer from OAB complain of loss of urine when they cough, sneeze or laugh since there is no give to the bladder. This can lead to emotional side effects such as avoiding social situations or exercise due to fear of embarrassment.

How Does Bodywork Help Relieve Overactive Bladder?

Bodywork can be an effective treatment option potentially eliminating the need for surgery and medication. By using a specialized Bodywork technique known as Myofascial Release, the scar tissue and adhesions that restrict the expansion and contraction of the bladder can be manually manipulated to allow the bladder to have a full range of motion and work properly. The severity of the scar tissue and adhesions on the bladder will determine how many Bodywork treatments will be needed.

If you have been struggling with the discomfort and embarrassment of OAB, we encourage you to try the natural approach of Bodywork. It’s the surgery and drug free approach to treating Overactive Bladder.

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