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Advice on Bladder Training

Advice on Bladder Training

Many people with bladder weakness are looking for ways to help themselves and increase control over the bladder by reducing the frequency of urination.

A way to offer support is by offering advice on bladder training.

The method involves increasing awareness of patterns of incontinence and developing new habits for emptying and controlling the bladder. Together with other methods including Kegel or pelvic floor exercises as well as behavioural modification, bladder training can be an effective way to make the symptoms of bladder problems more manageable.

It is important to note and to share with your customers that using exercises like Kegel for bladder training and control takes time and persistence.

To make it work, many habits and feelings need to be relearned for example the feeling that you need to go to the toilet should be ignored for as long as possible.

As people become more comfortable with supressing feelings of urgency, gradually, over a period of weeks and months, they should increase the amount of time between toilet visits.

We would recommend that patients keep a bladder ‘diary’ so they can record the frequency of toilet visits, the time they ignored urgency feelings as well as fluid intake. This will give both you and the patient a clear overview of their bladder habits and any trigger points so an accurate schedule can be achieved for visiting the toilet, helping to plan trips and days out.

As far as this is possible and based on the data in your bladder diary, each individual can see very precisely how often they are going to the toilet. From this, they can add a short period of time on to these times – perhaps 15 minutes – to train your bladder to wait.

Pelvic Floor Training

Pelvic floor training involves strengthening the supportive muscles around the urethra and bladder by doing repetitive voluntary contractions. These exercises build tone and strength in the supportive muscles around the urethra and bladder, which need to stay tight to prevent urine leakage. Many people also use Pilates as part of a self-help incontinence treatment.

Published 25/06/2021