The Relationship Between Trauma and Urinary Incontinence

When you think about urinary incontinence causes, trauma may not be the first thing to cross your mind. But, trauma can contribute to pelvic floor dysfunction and thus, urinary incontinence. In this video, Charisse Balance, a San Francisco-based pelvic floor physical therapist, discusses how physical, emotional, and/or sexual trauma can all contribute to urinary incontinence—it just depends on how and where you hold tension in your body. 

Tension in other parts of the body can affect your pelvic floor. If, for example, you tighten your trapezius muscles if you’re startled or frightened, you’re likely simultaneously tightening your pelvic floor muscles, which could cause them to not function properly.

Charisse shares how working with a mental health provider in conjunction with a pelvic floor physical therapist can help reduce trauma-related bladder leakage.

In case you missed it: Urinary Incontinence 101 & The Connection Between Mental Health and Urinary Incontinence

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