Overcoming Urinary Health Challenges

Earlier this week, a woman contacted me in regard to her urinary heath challenges. She said simply by sneezing, laughing, jumping or lifting heavy objects causes her urine to leak. She also feels a strong urge to go to the bathroom immediately and can’t wait. She further mentioned that the number of times she needs to go to the bathroom has also increased lately.

These conditions are commonly known as urinary incontinence, urinary urgency and urinary frequency. These conditions are due to a deficiency of energy, especially kidney and bladder energy. By identifying the blockages at the kidney and bladder channels, and clearing them up can help restore normal energy flow to these channels, and can help alleviate these health challenges.

Recent survey finds that 2 out of 3 women over age 42 experienced urine leakage at least once a month. Urge incontinence (sometimes called “overactive bladder”) causes a sudden, strong urge to urinate. Stress incontinence causes women to leak urine when they laugh, cough, sneeze or during activities like lifting heavy items and exercising.

Stress Urinary Incontinence 
Stress urinary incontinence is leakage with coughing, laughing, sneezing, or anything that increases pressure in the belly. It’s caused by a mechanical problem with the urethra itself.

Stress urinary incontinence happens when the muscles that support the urethra and part of the bladder are weakened for some reason. Without enough support, the bladder and all the muscles in the urinary tract are unable to contract like they normally would to start and stop the flow of urine, which results in leakage.

Here are some of the reasons why the muscles may become weak and cause incontinence:

Chronic coughing or sneezing: Any condition that causes chronic coughing or sneezing, or lifestyle habits like smoking that can cause persistent cough, can over time lead to leakage.

Obesity: If you’re overweight or obese, your body puts more pressure on the bladder, which can lead to incontinence. The more pressure you put on the urethral sphincter, which squeezes and holds urine in, the more likely you are to leak.

Heavy lifting and high-impact exerciseJust working out or lifting weights shouldn’t cause leakage, however doing exercises with heavy weights, like doing CrossFit regularly, jumping up and down, and putting a lot of pressure on the urethra can cause leakage.

Hormonal deficiency: The big one here is estrogen, since it helps keep the muscles around the bladder and urethra strong. After menopause is a common time for women to experience leakage because lower estrogen levels cause the vaginal tissues to weaken and become thinner.

 Age: Along with weaker vaginal muscles, the bladder muscles can also become weaker as you get older.

Hysterectomy: If you’ve had any surgery on your reproductive system, some of the surrounding muscles may become compromised.

Pregnancy and childbirth: During pregnancy, hormones and extra weight on the uterus can cause leakage. Pushing during a vaginal delivery can further weaken the muscles and tissues that support the bladder and urethra, and even cause prolapse, all of which can result in incontinence. 

Childbirth may weaken the pelvic floor muscles, which can cause an overactive bladder. Pregnancy and childbirth also may contribute to bladder control problems due to damage to the nerves that control the bladder, and the fact that the urethra and bladder may have moved during pregnancy

Urgency incontinence
Urgency incontinence is when you get a sudden urge to go and can’t hold it, so you leak. Unlike stress urinary incontinence, urgency incontinence is a symptom not an anatomical condition. For example, when combined with other issues like excessive urination, urgency incontinence can be a sign of overactive bladder.

If you have urgency incontinence, there’s usually something else going on that’s causing your brain to tell your bladder to squeeze when it shouldn’t be. These underlying issues can range from chronic health issues to temporary blockages in the urinary tract.

Here are some things that can cause urgency incontinence in women:

Metabolic disorders like diabetes: High glucose levels tell our bodies to produce more urine, so someone with poorly controlled diabetes will often have to pee frequently. Diabetes can also cause nerve damage and signaling problems that cause urinary incontinence.

Neurological conditions: Sometimes urgency incontinence can be caused by a neurological problem like multiple sclerosis.

Constipation: Constipation can sometimes impact the nerves in the bladder, messing with the signaling and causing urgency incontinence.

UTIs: The painful infection can give you a strong urge to pee, and sometimes cause a little bit of leakage. Let your doctor know if incontinence is paired with a burning sensation or any of these other tell-tale symptoms of UTIs.

Kidney stonesIf there is an obstruction in your urinary tract, it can block the normal flow of urine and cause “overflow incontinence,” which is when the bladder can’t empty completely so leakage occurs.

Tumors: This is the most extreme case, but similarly to a kidney stone, a tumor that’s blocking urine’s path out can cause overflow incontinence.

HijamaHerbs sessions can help alleviate problems with urinary incontinence. Its best to schedule 3-4 sessions to restore proper functioning of the kidney and bladder channels. Specific herbs to strengthen the internal organs are also included with the HijamaHerbs session.

For more information or to schedule an HijamaHerbs appointment for healing physical, emotional or sihr/jinn ailments, contact Amin Shah at 617-787-5151 or email – aminshah@shahclan.net.

HijamaHerbs sessions for ladies is performed by Nusrat Shah. For children, we normally do not perform hijama, however herbs, homeopathic remedies and emotional healing is performed.

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