What is Hypertonicity?

Does Hypertonicity Cause Incontinence?

hypertonicity and incontinence

What is Hypertonicity?

Hypertonicity is when the muscles are excessively tight or contracted. This can affect various muscles in the
body, including those on the pelvic floor, which play a crucial role in bladder and bowel control.
These muscles must contract and relax appropriately to maintain continence and allow for
normal urination and bowel movements. When these muscles are hypertonic, they are too tight,
leading to dysfunction and contributing to incontinence.

How Does Hypertonicity Lead to Incontinence?

  1. Urgency Incontinence: Hypertonic muscles can irritate the bladder, leading to sudden and
    strong urges to urinate when the bladder isn’t full
  2. Overflow incontinence: Excessive tightness can interfere with the normal flow of urine,
    causing the bladder to retain urine and leading to a leak when the bladder becomes overly
    full.
  3. Constipation: Tight pelvic floor muscles can also cause constipation, which can indirectly
    lead to fecal incontinence due to the straining and pressure it creates.
  4. Anal Sphincter Dysfunction: Hypertonicity can affect the muscles around the anus,
    making it difficult to control bowel movements, leading to involuntary leakage.

Causes of Hypertonicity

  • Chronic stress: muscles can remain in a state of tension.
  • High-impact activities: overuse or misuse of pelvic muscles from straining from these
    activities like CrossFit.
  • Childbirth: Trauma to the pelvic area during childbirth can lead to muscle tightness and
    dysfunction
  • Injury or surgery: Pelvic surgeries or injuries can cause scar tissue and muscle tension.
  • Neurological conditions: Conditions such as multiple sclerosis or stroke can affect
    muscle tone.

Symptoms of Hypertonicity

  • Pain or discomfort in the pelvic region
  • Frequent urination or difficulty emptying the bladder
  • Constipation or pain during bowel movements
  • Painful intercourse
  • Chronic pelvic pain

How to Treat Hypertonicity?

  • Pelvic floor Physical Therapy: This is often the first line of treatment and involves
    exercises and techniques to relax and strengthen the pelvic muscles.
  • Biofeedback: This technique uses sensors to provide real-time feedback about muscle
    activity, helping patients learn to control their pelvic muscles better.
  • Medications: Muscle relaxants or other medication may be prescribed to reduce muscle
    tension.
  • Behavioral Modifications: Stress management, dietary changes, and bladder training
    can also help alleviate symptoms.
  • Muscular Stimulation: To help focus on relaxing those muscles try Elitone URGE.

Elitone URGE focuses on sending calming waves to relax those muscles that don’t know how!
For 20 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week it can be effortlessly done while going about your day.

Elitone URGE is perfect for those who can't quite make it to the bathroom in time

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