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Downward dog does your bladder good
A new study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco found that a regular yoga practice can make a big difference in bladder control issues.
The study included 50 women who were over 50 years old. Half of the women participated in a three-month yoga therapy program that included two yoga classes per week and one at-home yoga session per week. The other half participated in a nonspecific muscle stretching/strengthening program.
The good news is, both groups saw an improvement in their incontinence. But women who did yoga got the best results. They saw a 74 percent decrease in their incontinence. Wow!
Women who did the muscle stretching/strengthening program came out okay too, with a 51 percent decrease in their incontinence. Not too shabby!
But I’d stick to yoga for that extra 23 percent decrease in incontinence issues. Here’s how to get started…