If you’ve ever urinated a little from coughing, sneezing, running, jumping onto a box or doing heavy cleans or deadlifts, you’re not alone. It’s a common condition called stress urinary incontinence (SUI), but it’s something you should probably see your doctor about.
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SUI can develop in some women after childbirth and, as Girls Gone Strong points out, the answer isn’t simply, “Do more kegels.” Performing kegels is the generalised recommendation to improve incontinence due to a weak pelvic floor.
If the muscles are hypertonic or the issue is with breath holding, Kegels in isolation won’t solve the problem. Central stability (commonly called core stability) requires a balance of muscular strength and a neuromuscular strategy for engagement to meet physical demands. The respiratory diaphragm, deep abdominal muscles, spinal stabilizing muscles and pelvic floor need to work perfectly together.
If you urine leaks out when you’re working out, you may want to see a urologist and physical therapist who specialises in pelvic health. As embarrassing as it might be, it requires a team effort to get to the root of and address the problem. Meanwhile, the article linked below goes into some general tips on improving the function of your pelvic floor muscles.
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