Incontinence and The Pelvic Floor

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This week we’ll cover a topic that the majority of women have to deal with sooner or later.. incontinence. At first, this is laughable. You just peed a little when you sneezed or laughed. But then it becomes intolerable as you fail to make it to a restroom and are in public with no change of clothes. But there is hope for us yet.

Last year, I met Jana Danielson at a medical conference where she spoke about how she used Pilates to get fibromyalgia out of the driver’s seat in her life. I decided it was time to try Pilates and signed up for one of her online instructions. As I followed her, I found that she had more wisdom on how Pilates can help us women live pleasurable lives.

Join the read today as Jana Danielson gives us more information…

Revolutionizing Women’s Pelvic Health: The Cooch Ball Journey

Guest Post by Jana Danielson

Ladies, it is time to have ‘the’ talk…, not the talk that your mom, older sister, or best friend may have had with you back in the day, the talk about our lives right now. The talk about a part of our body that we seem to stay muted about, yes, friends, the part of the body that I am talking about is our pelvic floor. 

I love the way that Stephanie Prendergast and Elizabeth Rummer (Pelvic Pain Explained) define the pelvic floor.

“The pelvic floor is a hammock-like group of 14 thin muscles intertwined with nerves and surrounded by connective tissue that supports the abdominal organs while playing a key role in urinary, bowel and sexual function as well as postural support.” 

So, we rely on it to walk, run, jump, pee, poop, have sex, birth babies, sit, and stand.  Yep, it is pretty important, yet we do not talk about this part of our body in a way that is nurturing, healing, and empowering. 

We do not talk about this part of our body in a way that is nurturing, healing, and empowering. – Incontinence and The Pelvic Floor #incontinence #pelvicfloor Share on X
  • peeing our pants when we cough, sneeze, or laugh,
  • experiencing pain during intercourse,
  • living with general pelvic floor pain,
  • chronic constipation,
  • cold tingly feet,
  • tight hips and lower back.

Many of us choose to stay quiet. We buy into the belief system that these are all a part of being a woman who is aging.   I want to create some intrigue in you to start to challenge those beliefs so that you realize that it is NOT too late to start to improve your pelvic floor health and the first step is improving your pelvic floor fitness.

It's NOT too late to start to improve your pelvic floor health – Incontinence and The Pelvic Floor #incontinence #pelvicfloor Share on X

Understanding Incontinence:

First, the stats…

  • More than half of all adult US women experience urinary incontinence
  • 1 in 5 experience moderate or more severe urinary incontinence.
  • Even among women in their 20s, the prevalence of any urinary incontinence was greater than 1 in 3,
  • and it was greater than two-thirds among women in their 70s or older.

Ladies, let’s get real – incontinence is a common hurdle many of us face. It’s time we break down the barriers and understand the two primary types: stress and urge incontinence.

Stress Incontinence:

Picture this – you’re laughing, sneezing, or hitting the gym, and oops, there goes a little leakage. Stress incontinence is no joke; it happens when pressure on the bladder increases, often due to weakened pelvic floor muscles from childbirth, pregnancy, or aging.

Urge Incontinence:

Ever felt that sudden urge to pee, like, right now? That’s urge incontinence, a fierce force that makes it tough to reach the bathroom in time. It’s linked to an overactive bladder caused by factors like UTIs, neurological issues, or certain medications.

Mixed incontinence is like a combo deal, throwing stress and urge symptoms into the mix. But fear not – a fitness solution other than pads and adult diapers (which make up a $21 Billion Industry of incontinence products!!!!) is on the horizon!

Impact on Women’s Lives:

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Let’s be honest – dealing with incontinence goes beyond the physical. It takes a toll on our emotional and mental well-being. The embarrassment, isolation, and anxiety can cast a shadow on our overall quality of life. But guess what? We’re not alone, and there are ways to reclaim our confidence and joy.

Seeking Support and Solutions:

First of all, I am a huge fan of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy.  When I owned Lead Pilates and Lead Integrated Health Therapies in Saskatchewan, Canada, we offered Pelvic Floor PT and it was so impactful to the women (and men) who realized that their quality of life would be improved with a higher functioning pelvic floor.

Also, lifestyle tweaks, learning how to breathe with your diaphragm properly, fixing your seated and standing posture, pelvic floor exercises, and dietary changes might help, but for those seeking a more innovative approach, enter the Cooch Ball.

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Introducing the Cooch Ball:

I wanted to create something that spoke directly to the needs of women dealing with incontinence. Enter our game-changer – the Cooch Ball! The world’s first pelvic floor fitness tool is your new best friend in the journey to improved pelvic floor fitness.

The Cooch Ball is all about bringing the missing piece to the puzzle into that area – blood flow! When you sit on the Cooch Ball for 3 minutes a day, the result is like a hug for your pelvic floor. The warm, tingly feeling you experience when you get off of the ball is proof that the nutrient-rich, oxygen-rich blood that these 14 muscles are missing has arrived.  Just like a plant needs sunlight and water to flourish, our pelvic floor needs blood flow and all the Kegels in the world cannot offer that to you!

Think of the Cooch Ball as your trainer for your pelvic floor. It’s not just a ball; it’s your secret weapon in the battle against leaks.  Your pelvic floor journey is unique, and so is the Cooch Ball. 

I know – life is busy. That’s why the Cooch Ball is designed to seamlessly fit into your daily routine, 3 minutes a day is all the effort it takes. Whether you’re at work, home, or on the move, it’s discreet and ready to support you whenever you need it. The Cooch Ball isn’t just a product; it’s a movement. It’s about empowerment, confidence, and taking charge of your pelvic floor health. We believe every woman deserves to feel incredible, leak-free, and ready to conquer the world.

Incontinence may be challenging, but we’re here to face it head-on. The Cooch Ball isn’t just a solution; it’s a revolution in women’s pelvic floor fitness. So, here’s to taking control, embracing confidence, and living life without limits. Cheers to you, amazing women!

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I’m Jana Danielson, Master Pilates Trainer, Certified Pilates Instructor, wife, and mom to 3 adult sons, plus I am the Founder of the Cooch Ball.

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About Mandy Farmer

Pastor's Wife (retired) &  Chronic Pain Warrior blogs about how to make it through anything by relating her own life experiences to her writing. She is passionate about her love for the Lord and desires to spread that passion to others. She has a great desire to encourage women who are following behind her.

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