A friend of mine shot me a text recently that said,
Allergy season: always a good reminder to be consistent with pelvic floor work.
You see, we live in Atlanta, where spring is stunning and life-affirming and extremely well-pollinated.
Augusta, the home of the famed Masters golf tournament, is a few hours east of Atlanta. Whenever the cameras covering the event pan over the lush azaleas and gorgeous landscaping at Augusta National Golf Club, I feel like they should include a scroll at the bottom saying something like, “Millions of Georgia residents seasonally sacrifice their well-being, sanity and nasal passages so you can enjoy this view.
But, back to the pelvis.
With allergies come sneezes and, for some, with sneezes come leaks. Despite the fact that urinating is not a “normal” way for your body to respond to the stress of sneezing, “sneeze pee” has become very common and, if you look at Google Trends, increasingly so:
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I’ve had enough data analysis and statistical methods training to not draw too drastic of a conclusion from Google search trends. That being said, stroll down the aisle of your neighborhood drug store and you will find products there that didn’t exist even three years ago.
If you are suffering from seasonal allergies and finding that your own incontinence is spiking, you have options beyond those products sold on the pharmacy floor. Here are some of my favorite resources:
- Nutritious Movement™ takes a whole body view that will help you address the global and systemic pressures that can ultimately lead to incontinence. Start here for blog posts, podcasts and DVDs. I highly recommend the podcast. I thought I knew a lot about pelvic floor health and the information in this cast still rocked me.
- Another source I trust is Julie Wiebe, PT. She is forward-thinking on the subject of pelvic floor health and also takes a pressure-oriented approach to the subject. Here is a good place to start exploring what she has to say on the issue.
- Find a highly-qualified, progressive, up-on-the-research physical therapist who can lead you through exercises and lifestyle modifications. (But really, read what Julie and Katy say first so that you will be able to discern whether your PT is up on the latest information.)
- Finally, I was able to positively impact my own incontinence through Restorative Exercise. So, if you live in Atlanta, please contact me and let’s get you booked for an initial consultation. You can find details here. And, look for details on a really terrific opportunity to address some of these issues in your home with your besties in tow. If you don’t live in Atlanta, we have instructors all over the globe who can guide you through the process of moving better. You can find a comprehensive and searchable list here.
If you just can’t wait to get started on your journey, here’s a 70-minute guided exercise session to set you on your way. It’s a digital download, so you can begin immediately, although you can also purchase in DVD format.
(I am an affiliate for Nutritious Movement™ so I will get a commission if you buy this product. The FTC requires that I let you know this, despite the fact that it disrupts my narrative.)
Some women are afraid to address their incontinence issues because they think surgery is the only option. While that may be the case for some folks – remember, I don’t have an M.D. or a P.T. after my name – I know people who have eliminated incontinence issues through movement and lifestyle modifications. Since those techniques are less invasive, less expensive and carry far fewer risks, give yourself the gift of information before assuming that an operation is your only possible relief.
Happy (pee-free) sneezing!