What is bladder retraining?
This technique helps you hold more urine before you get the signal to urinate.
How do you accomplish bladder retraining?
Bladder retraining involves training yourself to delay voiding when you feel an urge to urinate. It starts with building strength through Kegel exercises. You begin with 5 minute delays by performing an urge suppression. This will turn off your bladder’s signal to empty and allow your bladder to hold more urine. You will gradually work your way up to urinating every three to four hours.
How does a physical therapist help with bladder retraining?
A physical therapist (PT) can help you better identify the muscles you use in Kegel exercises. They have tools such as biofeedback that help you gauge the strength of your contractions. PT helps maximize your pelvic floor strengthening.