Strengthens Bladder & Pelvic Floor (and is great post-pregnancy!)
Millions of people across the world have concerns about their sensitive bladder and yet too often we hear that they are trying to deal with the issue on their own. World Health Organisation research shows that a staggering 200 million people suffer worldwide with between 3 and 6 million in the UK having some degree of bladder weakness.
Further research has found that two thirds of those suffering with incontinence have stopped leaving the house for long periods of time and 64% say they find it difficult to talk about their experience with loved ones, but once they find the right solution, can live life with confidence again.
As advised by the NHS, bladder weakness can be caused by a number of factors including pregnancy, age, alcohol consumption, caffeine intake and being overweight. It’s important to understand how lifestyle changes can be incredibly beneficial, and often life-changing.
Pregnancy, birth and age can weaken the sphincter muscles of the bladder and the bladder lining. Through low impact exercise, however, strength can be regained – it might not come straight away, but it will develop over a short period time. Rebounding will exert a force on the cell walls of the bladder encouraging it to become stronger, more elastic and durable resulting in a more comfortable, healthier and freer lifestyle.
Just 15 minutes a day can help bladder sensitivity – you’ll be back to leading an active lifestyle before you know it. Bouncing on an unstable surface provides a constant balance challenge leading to the involuntary contractions of the deep core muscles and the weakened sphincter muscle.
Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha has seen life changing results through rebounding and no longer struggles with incontinence; “I do it every morning now before I go to work. I don’t wet myself any more. So, the thing is, if you’ve got it, you can reverse it.”
Rebounding is ideal for new mums and regaining post-pregnancy fitness. We can each work as hard as we like, simply by pushing harder on each bounce on the mini trampoline or easing off. The rebounder absorbs 87% of each bounce placing minimal stress on the body. This is extra important soon after giving birth as the effects of the hormone ‘relaxin’ can linger post-pregnancy. Relaxin softens the body’s ligaments and muscles in preparation for birth, but it can leave women vulnerable to injury and although it ceases once your baby arrives, the effects can remain for up to five months.
Having a baby can often affect new mums’ bladder control and many can feel quite embarrassed by the situation. Exercise can therefore be the last thing on your mind; in fact, rebounding works wonders for bladder weakness. The sphincter on the bladder is an annular (circular in shape) muscle which, through opening and closing, controls the flow of urine out of the body. Pregnancy and birth can weaken the sphincter muscles; they can lose strength, elasticity and their original shape.
Many new mums use their home rebounder while their little ones are having breakfast or sleeping. Beth, 26, says: “Shortly after I gave birth to Amelie I was keen to regain my fitness and the rebounder seemed like a lot of fun. I used it in my front room while Amelie slept and it was amazing how quickly I began to lose the pounds with just a few short workouts a week.”
Obviously, you must seek medical clearance before starting a rebounding programme and it’s also important to remember there are different degrees of bladder weakness and your specialist can advise you when the time is right for you to start a rebound or exercise programme.