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Alternative therapy for incontinence

Urinary incontinence due to bladder overactivity is a debilitating condition where the person has difficulty holding on to their urine resulting in urinary urgency, frequency, and dribbling. In 17% of the population, the bladder cannot stretch to full capacity as it is very sensitive to stimulus, and intra-abdominal pressures also exacerbate the condition urging the sufferer with the need to urinate. Medication, physiotherapy to strengthen pelvic floor muscles and behavioural therapy are conventional methods aimed to retrain the bladder and control symptoms, however, acupuncture has been found to also provide some benefit. Further study comparing all the different treatments is required, but the availability of a diverse range of effective therapies is encouraging for victims of incontinence.

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About: Alternative therapy for incontinence

Date: 13 July 2005

Source: MebMD Medical News

Author: Miranda Hitti

URL: http://my.webmd.com/content/article/108/109010.htm

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