Is this you or someone you love or care for?
- Making more than one trip to the bathroom at night disrupts a good night’s sleep?
- Having embarrassing bladder accidents?
- Urinating too often during the day (more than 8 times)?
- Rushing to the toilet because the urge to urinate is irresistible?
- Avoiding leaving the house – or – plan locations for pit stops before leaving the house?
- Bladder leaking with a cough, laugh or sneeze?
- Purposefully avoiding drinking water to prevent bladder accidents?
Many bladder problems are under-diagnosed and under-treated.
The good news is that the bladder is a hollow muscle and its function is controlled by muscles, so bladder control responds to exercise.
Many people see improvement in as little as 2-6 weeks of this exercise program.
Today, there is a solid body of evidence to show how to retrain the bladder with specific targeted exercises and education.
Dr. Bell has reviewed the evidence to create this course just for you – and your loved ones!
This program is effective for BOTH men and women.
|Module 1||Introduction and Program Overview|
|Unit 1||Video: Bladder Retraining Program Overview|
|Unit 2||Handout: Exploring the Unspoken: Incontinence|
|Module 2||Bladder Retraining Fundamentals|
|Unit 1||Handout: Bladder Retraining Concepts: Yes, You Can!|
|Module 3||Bladder Retraining Exercise Program|
|Unit 1||Video: Instructional Video for Bladder Control Exercises 1 & 2|
|Unit 2||Handout: Photo-Enhanced Instructions for Evidence-based Bladder Control Exercise Program|
|Unit 3||Audio-file: Verbal Instructions for Bladder Control Exercises 1 & 2|
|Unit 4||Audio-file: Verbal Instructions for Bladder Control Exercises 3 & 4|
|Module 4||Tools for Success|
|Unit 1||Handout: Goal Setting|
|Unit 2||Handout: Self-Reflection Worksheet|
|Unit 3||Handout: Personal Exercise Journal|
|Unit 4||Handout: Daily Bladder Log|
|Unit 5||Handout: Trouble-Shooting|
|Module 5||Quiz: Improve Bladder Control: Evidence-Based Basic Bladder Retraining Program|
|Unit 1||Quiz: Improve Bladder Control: Evidence-Based Bladder Retraining Program|
When your bladder is out of control, your life can feel out of control.
Do you or someone you love or care for want to avoid embarrassment, be free to leave the house, get a better night’s sleep and reduce falls during nighttime bathroom trips?
Many people avoid drinking water to prevent embarrassing accidents, which can cause dehydration, dizziness upon standing and chronic bladder infections.
Leaking bladder can cause falls in advanced age, making this an urgent problem for older people to directly address sooner rather than later. The risk of falling, fracturing and nursing home placement is higher when bladder problems go unaddressed!
Specifically, weakness in the muscles that control the bladder can cause leaking – or loss of control – of the urine stream.
The benefits of this program that many patients have reported and experienced include:
- Fewer trips to the toilet at night allowing improved sleep quality
- Fewer urine leaks during the day
- Less fear about embarrassing bladder accidents
- Improved ability to “wait” to urinate once the “urge to go” is felt
- More freedom to enjoy social activities
- Improved sexual function and enhanced sexual pleasure
“Most patients are not even aware that bladder problems can be improved, especially if others in their family accept a leaking bladder as a ‘normal’ part of aging.”
-Dr. Kimberley Bell, DPT
If your bladder control improves, it only makes sense that your stress and worry will decrease. Improve your quality of life today with this evidence-based program!
Dr. Kimberley Bell, DPT, is internationally recognized dynamic thought leader in healthcare. She is promoting best practices and improved quality of life for patients who are suffering with dizziness, vertigo and imbalance or unexplained repeated falls. After an eleven year period of caregiving for her grandparents and suffering with intermittent vertigo herself for most of her life, she has realized that the status quo simply is not good enough. She has created her unique, comprehensive methodology “The Bell Method,” to reduce the suffering of those with dizziness, vertigo, imbalance, normal aging, foot neuropathy, incontinence and unexplained repeated falls.
This bladder retraining program is for people with mild to moderate bladder control problems.
The exercises in this course are to address problems with urine storage including incontinence, increased frequency of urination during the day and at night, and increased urgency of urination. Types of urinary incontinence that may benefit from this course include: stress, urgency or mixed.
Limitations and Precautions:
This course does not specifically address voiding symptoms including hesitancy, slow stream, splitting, spraying, intermittent stream hesitancy, straining, incomplete emptying or dribble at the end of your urine stream.
This course will not fix pelvic organ prolapse, overactive bladder, bladder outlet obstruction, bladder pain syndrome (pain, pressure, discomfort > 6 weeks), urinary tract infection, bladder cancer or fecal incontinence.
Patients with recent hernia surgery, pelvic fracture, and pelvic pain have complained of increased pain during the exercises in this course.
If an enlarged prostate in causing the problem, the prostate needs to be treated medically or surgically first. Then the bladder can be retrained with the exercises included in this course.
People with urinary retention, difficulty with urination, pain with urination or prolapsed bladder would benefit from consulting a Urologist (Medical Doctor) and/ or a Physical Therapist specializing in women’s health.