Urinary incontinence, also known as involuntary urination, is any involuntary leakage of urine. It is a common, embarrassing and distressing problem, which may have a large impact on the quality of life. The NHS estimates that three to six million people are affected by it in the UK. In men and women, the condition is more likely to occur as they age.
The urogenital system is comprised of many different parts and is influenced by a wide array of factors: anatomical, biochemical, mental, emotional and neurological. Describing a symptom and giving it a name can sometimes lead to confusing assumptions. There are very many different combinations of factors that can contribute to the condition, particularly when taking into account the contributory factors of age, gender, and personal history. It can also be influenced by internal and external environmental factors which will usually be different in every case.
Anatomically, the bladder is a muscular structure that expands like a balloon as it fills with urine. Its exit is controlled by a contractile sphincter muscle and the surrounding pelvic floor muscles that keep it closed. Normally, nerve signals from the stretch sensors in the bladder wall travel to the brain, signalling the need for emptying.
In women, this arrangement can be disrupted by a number of other complicating factors, including pregnancy, child birth, posture and the condition and position of the uterus, positioned directly above the bladder.
In men, the urethra that conveys the urine from the bladder to the outside passes through the prostate gland. With age, this gland can become more fibrous and enlarged in a way that can influence normal urogenital functioning.
Infections, operational scars, obesity, constipation and other internal conditions that increase pressure on the bladder and influence the condition of the nervous system can also have their effect.
Other life style and medical conditions including physical fitness, mental and emotional health states, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, MS, as well as the consumption of excess fluids, alcohol, caffeine, using the contraceptive pill and a number of prescription drugs can also influence the condition.
It is the nervous system that interconnects all of these factors. We are made up of nearly 90% muscle and bone. 70% of the nervous system is involved with the musculoskeletal system. It is the motor sensory system that controls the way we move and relate to the external environment. It is the autonomic nervous system that controls and integrates all the life supporting functions of our cells, tissues, glands and organs 24/7 in a two way relationship with the brain. It also mediates between our minds, our feelings, behaviours and responses to the world around us. Stresses of many kinds can accumulatively result in a whole variety of different conditions.
As a general rule, common sense would suggest that in many instances, where people are requiring help for a particular difficulty, one might have thought that it was best to first try the safest options that are also the most economical and have NOT been found historically to have been associated with any immediate or long-term danger to the patient involved.
If there are a number of different choices, all of which fulfil the above mentioned criteria, it would seem reasonable to employ a mixture of them, relating to as many associated factors concerning the condition in a manner matched individually to each patient. If there is a way in which to measure the suitability and effect of each of these possible choices individually on each patient, one would have thought that the chances of producing better results would be improved, doing the least you need to do in the safest way possible.
In the final analysis, it is the innate tenancy of the body to be well that brings about healing. That is why at the Reve Pavilion Natural Health Clinic we use functional neurology together with natural medicine in measured ways. This enables the innate tenancy of every one to be balanced, integrated and well, from the inside out and the outside in, so that they can make the most of their lives.