What is a healthy bladder?

What is a healthy bladder?

The bladder is a muscle that seems to be the least known about and talked about.  Don’t get me wrong, we all know that it holds our urine but there is so much more to it than just that!

Like every muscle, proper health is very important such as hydration and nutrients.  Your bladder can hold up to 16 oz. or 2 cups of liquid at one time.  However, if that liquid is repeatedly something other than water, the muscle lining of the bladder can be very irritated causing dysfunction.

It is recommended that we consume 60-80 oz. of water per day to maintain a healthy bladder.  If you consume too much water or too little water, you will experience bladder dysfunction such as urgency, incontinence/peeing your pants, excessive nighttime voiding, abdominal pain, etc.

Not only is hydration important but so is proper nutrition for the bladder.  When we consume too much caffeine, carbonated beverages, spicy foods, acidic foods/drinks, etc. the lining of the bladder is easily agitated, and you will start to experience dysfunction as listed above.

Trilogy Physical Therapy can help you if you are experiencing any bladder issues.

What does PF mean

What does Pelvic Floor (PF) mean?

The pelvic floor consists of many muscles and bones that helps hold your pelvis in place.  There are 36 muscles, 3 ligaments, and 3 bones that make up the pelvis.  There is also 6 main arteries and 10 plus nerves of the pelvis to assist with the function of the pelvic floor.

The pelvic floor helps hold your bladder, vagina and rectum like a bowl.  If there is not enough or too much support, you could experience dysfunction.

Pelvic floor dysfunctions include, but are not limited to urinary or fecal incontinence, difficulty or pain with bowel, bladder, or sexual functions, painful scars after childbirth or surgery, persistent sacroiliac or low back pain, or pelvic pain conditions.

Trilogy Physical Therapy can help you determine if you are experiencing dysfunction and how to help your pelvic floor.