Talk to an AMITA Health doctor about natural remedies for overactive bladder:
Natural remedies for overactive bladder can include simple tactics such as scheduling bathroom breaks or avoiding foods and drinks that trigger symptoms. AMITA Health nurse practitioner Nicole Rodriguez, NP, likes to recommend strengthening your pelvic floor muscles with kegel exercises.
KEGEL EXERCISES FOR OVERACTIVE BLADDER
If you’re a beginner, a good way to introduce yourself to kegel exercises is while urinating. Try to stop your urine stream by clenching your pelvic muscles, then releasing and clenching again. Once you are familiar with this sensation, try exercising those same muscles when you are not urinating. Kegels can be done when you’re sitting down, driving in the car, at your desk at work.. almost anywhere, in fact!
Nicole recommends that you start slow, as you would with any new exercise. Work your way up to three sets of 10 repetitions each, three times per day. As you improve, you will be able to incorporate more advanced exercises, such as holding for longer periods or releasing more slowly. The longer you perform these exercises, the tighter your pelvic muscles will get. This in turn will help you control an overactive bladder.
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