UPDATE: With the fall upon us, NOW is a GREAT TIME to start to address running issues like bladder leakage so that we can be leak free by the early spring!
“Sometimes When I Run, I Pee”
A common statement that a pelvic floor physical therapist is very aware of. In fact, research says that about a THIRD of female runners have a hard time finishing a run without urine leakage.
This is actually about the same percent for women who leak urine in general! So for a THIRD of female runners, preparing for a run may include:
• Heading to the bathrooms JUST before a race.
• Packing wet wipes and change of clothes for AFTER the race.
• Mapping where bathrooms are DURING a run.
• Planning running clothes based on what color will hide wetness best.
• Purchasing and packing urine pads (which are way different from menstrual pads… they don’t work the same).
So as much as women DO NOT talk about this issue and maybe even chalk the leakage up to having had babies and such, it is both EXTREMELY INCONVENIENT and NOT NORMAL. It is your body’s way of telling you that things are not fully operational. That there is a muscle imbalance.
For MANY runners we treat that have bladder leakage, their muscle imbalances in the core and hips DO affect their ability to run injury-free as well. So we typically end up resolving the bladder leakage or minimizing it greatly, as well as help them become a much more well-balanced runner with reduced knee and hip twinges or pains.
Their pelvic and core imbalance could be holding them back with their running goals of getting the next PR or keep them from signing up for certain races and events from embarrassment.
So besides the obvious advice to actually SEE a PELVIC PHYSICAL THERAPIST to properly assess and guide you to be able to run and stay wonderfully dry, we are going to share with you our freebie on the 7 Keys To Running LEAK FREE.
Download your free guide below, and then contact us to schedule a virtual consult to talk about your running story and your current struggles. We would love to guide you towards feeling confident and strong again!