Many medical issues can easily be brought up to your doctor, while others might give you pause before discussing due to personal or embarrassing reasons. Bladder problems often fall into the second category, and this can prevent patients from getting the care they need in a timely manner. With this in mind, we’d like to bring this conversation to the forefront by addressing some common bladder issues and explaining how acupuncture in New York City can help to alleviate many associated symptoms.
The bladder is a muscular sac that functions similarly to a balloon, as it holds urine until it fills up and is ready to be emptied. Under normal circumstances, when the bladder is full, the brain sends a signal that cause bladder muscles to squeeze, which forces urine out through the urethra. But there are several issues that can cause the bladder to malfunction, and the result is complications with urinating that can interfere with everyday life.
Overactive bladder is a general term for a group of symptoms related to the bladder and urination. The most common symptom is a sudden need—or urge—to urinate, which can lead to leaking urine when this urge comes on. Another symptom is the need to pass urine more times than normal throughout the day and night, which can become an incredible inconvenience. As many as 30% of men and 40% of women in the U.S. are affected by overactive bladder symptoms, and a significant portion of these individuals do not seek out help from a medical professional.
Urinary incontinence is related to overactive bladder but is more specifically the symptom of involuntary urine leakage. It can be temporary—such as after consuming too many liquids—or persistent when it’s due to overactive bladder or other causes, such as pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and an enlarged prostate. The severity of urinary incontinence can also range significantly, as some individuals will only occasionally leak urine when coughing or sneezing, while others frequently have a strong urge to urinate and may not be able to get to a bathroom in time. Nocturia—getting up to urinate more than once during the night—and bedwetting also fall in this category, as they are consequences of abnormal bladder functioning.
Acupuncture in New York City can help resolve bladder issues
It should be refreshing to hear that seeking out help is usually the hardest part for bladder issues, as most cases will improve after making from some lifestyle changes and undergoing some targeted treatments. One effective treatment option is acupuncture, an ancient Chinese therapeutic technique that’s been practiced for over 3,000 years. During an acupuncture session, several fine needles are used to stimulate points along theoretical meridians of energy throughout the body, which is intended to correct imbalances that are believed to be responsible for specific disease states. In the U.S., acupuncture is primarily used for treating painful conditions, and many of its qualities make it an attractive treatment option. One reason acupuncture is so highly regarded is its high level of precision, which directly addresses the cause of patients’ problems rather than their symptoms.
Here at Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City, we have a licensed acupuncturist, Mila Mintsis, who can treat a variety of bothersome conditions, including bladder issues. So if you’re dealing with bladder-related problems of any sort and want to take control of the situation, contact us at 212-317-8303 to schedule an appointment today or click here for more information on acupuncture for bladder issues.