Coping With an Overactive Bladder


Overactive bladder function is caused by a problem with bladder storage that results in a sudden and frequent urge to urinate. This urge can be difficult or impossible to stop- frequently leading to incontinence.

If you suffer from an overactive bladder you may find yourself too embarrassed to be around other people. This can lead to isolation from others and anxiety and depression issues. However, there’s good news for sufferers. Natural treatment options may be able to greatly reduce or completely eliminate the symptoms of having an overactive bladder.

Treatment Options

  • Track your fluid intake. Keep a fluid diary to record your daily beverages. This will give you an idea of how much you drink and any problem beverages.
  • Consider bladder training. This extremely effective treatment for overactive bladders involves setting a fixed urination schedule to train your bladder appropriate voiding times.
  • Absorbent pads. Although it’s not an actual treatment option, an absorbent pad can be worn under your clothes to prevent any accidental leakage.
  • Saw palmetto. Especially effective for men who suffer from an enlarged prostate gland, saw palmetto has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the urge to urinate.
  • Kegel exercises. Exercising the pelvic floor can strengthen the muscles which control the flow of urination.
  • Vitamin supplements. Vitamin C is known for its ability to fight oxidative stress, which can lead to irritated nerves around the bladder and urinary control difficulties.
  • Weight loss. Excess weight is hard on the joints and on the elasticity of the muscles supporting the bladder, which can lead to incontinence.
  • Quercetin. This flavonoid that’s widely distributed in nature is often suggested by naturopathic doctors as an all-natural anti-inflammatory remedy that can ease the urgency associated with overactive bladders.

Chiropractic Treatment for Overactive Bladder

Several different studies have shown that chiropractic methods may be effective in treating urinary incontinence. In many cases, manual manipulation performed on the spine can relieve pain and pressure, which can treat overactive bladder.

If your overactive bladder is causing you to miss out on life or to avoid activities that you once enjoyed contact your chiropractic team. They may be able to help you get to the bottom of your urinary problems.


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