Yoga could help women who suffer from urinary incontinence, new research suggests.
It can improve pelvic health and help women gain more control over their bladders. U.S. researchers found it can also prevent accidental urine leakage.
‘Yoga is often directed at mindful awareness, increasing relaxation, and relieving anxiety and stress,’ said first author Alison Huang, assistant professor in the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.
‘For these reasons, yoga has been directed at a variety of other conditions - metabolic syndrome or pain syndromes - but there's also a reason to think that it could help for incontinence as well.’
The researchers recruited 20 women who were 40 years old and older and who suffered urinary incontinence on a daily basis. Half were randomly assigned to take part in a six week yoga therapy programme and the other half were not.
The women who took part in the yoga programme experienced an overall 70 per cent reduction in the frequency of their urine leakage. The group that did not start yoga therapy only had a 13 per cent improvement.
Source - Daily Mail