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Neurological Impairment & Its Affect on the Bladder

Neurological Impairment & Its Affect on the Bladder

"Do Kegel exercises." This is the most common tip we hear when looking up or discussing urinary incontinence in women. Many women are becoming aware that the pelvic floor muscles significantly impact the ability to contain leaks. A lesser-known fact is that the normal functioning of the urinary system also depends on our nervous system. The nerves in your body carry the message from the bladder to the brain so that it knows that the bladder is full. It also works the other way around: the nervous system makes sure the pelvic muscles know the brain thinks it's time to either tighten or relax.

Conditions such as Parkinson's disease, stroke, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or brain injury can result in an inability to control the bladder or empty it. 

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