Managing Incontinence

Pelvis is one of the body’s vital bone structure, designed to offer support and protection to important organs like intestines, bladder, bile, as well as reproduction organs, urinary system and much more.

All these parts are permanently and unconsciously controlled by a large number of muscles commonly referred to as PELVIS FLOOR which can be considered the control centre and is located between the pelvis bone in the front and the tail bone at the back.

In men, amongst the rest, it protects the bladder, bowl, urethra, anus passing thought the pelvis floor and in woman supports wombs, bladder and bowl. These muscles, besides other functions, control the urinary system which, with the passing of time and age, lose their elasticity and the power to operate it in a satisfactory manner.

Consequently, a person starts to experience what is referred to as incontinence, in other words, discarding other possible physical anomaly or problem, is the flow of the urine which becomes difficult to control. It is estimated that one in twenty Australian are affected by this problem.

Such occurrence can generate rather unpleasant, embarrassing and humiliating situations; often, some external assistance is adopted to lessen their visual effects as well as the inevitable mental stress. Presently the most adopted one is the wearing of diapers replaced as required or some other form of pelvis exercise. 

The regular use of the Bidet should be seriously considered in the possible prevention of virginal infections or urinal problems as a consequence of limited physical mobility. 

It would be a reasonable proposal to have it installed in nursing homes existing, planned or under construction because it would demonstrate to be extremely healthy arrangement. At this point is important to distinguish between muscular weakness and an advanced incontinence problem. This article is intended to offer some possible help towards the strengthening of the muscles involved. 

On close consideration, since muscles are involve and a massage is recognised as a form of muscular stimulation because it will restore their functioning by increasing the blood flow, it becomes a logical option to be considered.

The PELVIS FLOOR MASSAGE or (PFM) as referred here, is a massage involving the lower part of the abdomen, essentially just above the top of the pelvis. The massage can be carried out by the person itself or with the help of a second person, depending on the circumstances and physical ability; it poses no danger plus it does not requires medication or medical interventions.

But is important to perform it on regular daily bases: after empting the bladder, a person can assume a relaxed supine position such as lying on a bed, mattress or even the floor. 

Using the tip of the fingers of both hands, apply a reasonable pressure to the region directly above the pelvis with slow gentle circular motion, repeating the action a certain number times (is suggested approx. 100 to 150 times) or simply doing it for a period of times.

Because in all this actions muscles are involved, and is also recognised that they can be controlled by cognitive action, is strongly advisable to practice it regularly. Another point is to resist the urgency to pass water as often as possible by using the breathing concurrently by pushing back the shoulders and getting used to contract and relax the pelvis floor muscles as often as possible.

This will also improve the body posture besides a change of activity is another way to distract the mind because, often, the urgency becomes more pressing when the brain start to suggest “I need a toilet!” ”I should find a toilet! “  “I must look for a toilet!” or similar mental encouragements.

Obviously the massage presented in this article only refers to the urinary system, but it could just as well benefit many other functions within the pelvis region including sexual functions, regular bowl functions, or other collateral benefits, all without causing damages to the body simply by increasing the blood circulation of the relevant parts provided by nature.

Warning. This practice will not restore the functioning of the pelvis floor to its youth conditions but with persistence, perseverance, time and forward planning, accompanied by constant monitoring of the progress, it will give extra time to reach the next toilet without any major inconveniences.

Is sufficient to remember that, as commonly recognised, including in it mental exercises such yoga or similar activities will provide surprising results. It is important to remember that the success or failure of the practice is entirely dependent on the dedication and persistence of the individual because nature has provided all what is necessary but the use or lack of it is up to the person.