VIDEO: Urinary IncontinenceClinical Expertise
May 10, 2021
Hi, my name is Carolyn, and I’m a women’s health physical therapist with Brooks Rehabilitation.
As a runner, I often get questions from my fellow female runners about what to do with a little bit of pee leakage every time you run, or on the flip side of that, having to go every 30 minutes or so, because you’re afraid you’re going to pee while you’re running.
Well, what do you do?
Well, I’d like to say there’s a one size fits all answer, but there really isn’t. Sometimes a pelvic floor in runners can actually be a bit restricted in it’s function and movement because of the muscles that are used during running.
The best thing to do is to get assessed by a women’s health physical therapist to help them determine what is your best route for achieving full urinary continence? If you don’t have one that’s accessible to you, you can actually do a telehealth visit if you’re in Florida with one of our Brooks Rehab therapists, and they can give you a little bit more guidance.
Kegel exercises work for a lot of people, but don’t always work if your pelvic floor muscles are already too tight and overworking, so we wanna really get down to the bottom of the problem and help you resolve your continence issues.
Don’t let that stop you from running, though. If you need to, there are a lot of great products that can actually help to maintain continence. You can talk to your GYN about what’s safe for you to use. But when in doubt, come get checked out.
We are here to help, and there’s no question that’s too embarrassing, and trust me, there’s nothing we have not heard before.
We’re here for you.
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