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  • Writer's pictureNicole Cozean

Is incontinence ever normal?

Incontinence is certainly common. More than half of people have incontinence after a baby, it can accompany pelvic pain, prolapse, low back pain or following a surgery.



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But it’s never normal, and never something you have to live with.


Sometimes this is normalized - we joke about it with friends, or hear about it from our mothers. But we often don’t recognize the profound effect of incontinence on our lives.


We often abstain from exercising (which has life-long health effects). We don’t feel comfortable doing certain activities with our kids. It dictates what we can wear. Many people find they are making a lot of sacrifices because of their incontinence they didn’t even think about.


Fortunately, it’s absolutely something that can be resolved by a qualified pelvic PT - and generally without Kegels!


Fundamentally, incontinence is the inability of the pelvic floor muscles to perform their job of holding back urine.


But this doesn’t mean they are weak! In fact, many times incontinence is actually due to overly tight and irritated muscles incapable of performing their normal job.


Incontinence is not normal and not something you have to live with. I’ve never had a patient not find improvement with pelvic PT, and the vast majority can completely eliminate incontinence without surgery, medication or a lifetime of pads


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As Nicole said in the full 'sode of the podcast on this topic...


"“Incontinence is not normal and not something you have to live with. I’ve never had a patient not find improvement with pelvic PT, and the vast majority can completely eliminate incontinence without surgery, medication or a lifetime of pads." -Nicole Cozean, Pelvic Sanity

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Who are we at PelvicSanity?


At PelvicSanity, it's our mission to support patients with pelvic pain and pelvic floor symptoms, regardless of where you live. We can help with:

- In-person treatment for those in Southern California at the PelvicSanity clinic

- Immersive Out-of-Town program for those able to travel

- Remote Consultations to get you expert 1:1 help, advice and an action plan

- Online patient courses on Interstitial Cystitis and Movement for Pelvic Health

- A Facebook support group for patients called Finding Pelvic Sanity.


 


Nicole Cozean

Dr. Nicole Cozean is the founder of PelvicSanity Physical Therapy in Orange County, CA. PelvicSanity treats patients from all over the world with remote consultations and the Immersive Out of Town Program. She also runs Pelvic PT Rising, training other pelvic PTs to better serve patients.


Named Physical Therapist of the Year, Dr. Nicole is author of the award-winning book The Interstitial Cystitis Solution and the first PT to serve on the ICA Board of Directors, Her passion is helping those with pelvic health issues - regardless of where they live - find lasting relief.

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