5 yoga poses for better bladder control (slideshow)

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…

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Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.