Stress Urinary Incontinence
Urinary leakage during jumping, lifting, exercise, coughing, or sneezing is called Stress incontinence. And yes, even a few drips count.
It is often embarrassing to talk about and is considered normal. But guys, this is NOT normal and you don’t have to deal with this!
When the pelvic floor muscles are weak, tight, and/or discoordinated, they can’t handle the abdominal pressure that is generated during these activities, therefore, results in leaking.
Think of a soda can. When the seal is nice and tight, I can shake it all I want but nothing comes out. If the seal is loose and I shake it softly (light pressure), it will start to squirt. If I shake it quickly with bigger shakes (high pressure), more will squirt out.
We want to train the PF muscles to correctly manage intra-abdominal pressure and absorb impact.
If you experience leaking with exercise, here are some helpful tips
- Breath- don’t hold your breath
- Posture- keep your ribs stacked over your hips
- Soft Landing- land on the balls of your feet
- Work with a pelvic floor specialist- We care!
The good news is that research shows pelvic floor physical therapy produces great results to completely resolve symptoms!
It’s time to throw away the panty liners and bring those box jumps back into your workout!