Archive for January, 2010

Relaxation & Overactive bladder: How it helps

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Focused relaxation and meditation calm the nervous system.  Practicing such techniques has been shown to be beneficial for relieving bladder spasms and urinary incontinence.

Link to study report:

Use the news: An easy to follow breathing technique for relaxation is included in The Bladder Cure DVD.  Order today!

Helping others to help themselves.

Karen Sebastian, MSPT

Why do I still have urges?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

User question:  “I have been following The Bladder Cure program, why do I still have urges?”

Question to user:  Are you having fewer urges now than before using the program?

User answer: “Well, yes, but when I have to go, I have to go.”

Explanation:  We all have a point of no return with our bladder; when it is truly time to empty.  Your measure of success is whether or not the frequency of the urges has declined.  Repeating the Behavior Tracker 4-6 weeks after starting the program will help you see how much progress you have made.  Keep up the good work!

Helping others to help themselves.

Karen Sebastian, MSPT

Radio Show Press Release

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

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A Top Reason Children Institutionalize Aging Parents

Helping others to help themselves.

Karen Sebastian, MSPT

Relaxation for Overactive Bladder & Incontinence. Why?

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Intentionally slowing your breathing rate has overflow effects for your bladder muscle (and heart rate too).  All three body functions are interconnected via the autonomic nervous system.  Stress puts our bodies in a heightened, over-reactive state causing all these body functions to rev up.  In turn, reducing internal stress by slowing your breathing rate calms the bladder muscle and slows your heart rate.  With practice you may notice your bladder spasms subside.  This calming effect can be gained by following the breathing exercises,  found on “The Bladder Cure” DVD, by meditation, yoga or aerobic exercise.

There is growing medical support for the mind-body connection in bladder issues.  Dr. Aaron Michelfelder, MD, of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine found, “The mind-body connection has proven to be particularly valuable for women suffering from incontinence.”

Helping others to help themselves.

Karen Sebastian, MSPT

Bear Hugs and Leaking, oh my!

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

“If my husband surprises me with a big bear hug I lose it right there.”

In this case the pelvic floor is not reacting quickly enough to counter the downward pressure the hug is putting on your bladder.

TIP: When exercising the pelvic floor muscles focus on quick contractions to increase the reaction speed of the muscles.  To train your pelvic floor to respond to force practice doing a quick contraction immediately followed by a pretend cough.  Yes, the pelvic floor muscles are like any other muscle in that they need to be trained for speed, endurance, timing and coordination.  For your complete guided program order “The Bladder Cure” DVD today.

Helping others to help themselves.

Karen Sebastian, MSPT

Friday, January 15th, 2010

A useful tool for travelers anywhere in the world!

Know before you go!  Tag toilet locations right alongside your sightseeing itinerary.  Ease your mind and set yourself free to travel as you wish.  To alleviate bladder symptoms order “The Bladder Cure” today.

Helping others to help themselves.

Karen Sebastian, MSPT

Announcing Upcoming Radio Interview!

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Listen to Karen Sebastian, MSPT, on Saturday, January 30th from 3-4:00 pm Pacific Time (my interview is 3:15 pm PT) on the “Coping with Caregiving” radio show at discussing, “Why Bladder Issues are a Top Reason Adult Children Institutionalize their Aging Parents”.  Simply click on “Listen Live”.  The host, Jacqueline Marcell, is an international speaker and author of the best selling book “Elder Rage” at

If you miss the live broadcast, by Monday, February 1st you can listen-on-demand to the online archive anytime.

Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested.

Helping others to help themselves.

Karen Sebastian, MSPT

Pelvic Floor “Kegel” Muscles: Exercise Variations – Part 3

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Further your control of your pelvic floor muscles by adding variation.  The following techniques will help with urges of overactive bladder and leaking from urinary incontinence.

Think about body positions you get into that trigger urges – lifting or carrying, getting out of your car, bending over to the bottom shelf, gardening, or a position for intimacy.  Any of these positions can put increased pressure on your bladder.

Training your pelvic floor muscles to respond in specific position(s) will help you feel confident and in control.  Practice:

  1. Quickly activate your pelvic floor muscles and then get into the specific position you have identified for yourself.
  2. Get into your practice position and THEN activate your pelvic floor with both quick contractions and longer holds.

You may find it challenging to activate your pelvic floor in a new position but with practice you will see improvement and better control.  For a stronger contraction, learn to activate your other core muscles in tandem with your pelvic floor.  Order The Bladder Cure today!

Helping others to help themselves.

Karen Sebastian, MSPT

Gotta go?…Sit Or Squat – iPhone app

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

When you are out in public and you really gotta go it can be a race against time.  Many of us know the location of every public restroom in our hometown BUT…

Here’s a helpful tool to locate public restrooms in many cities!  Available as an iPhone App. Download for FREE!


Thank you Tracy for the heads up on this GREAT find!

iPhone Life Magazine, Contributing Editor


Strategy Guide for Moms, Founder & Boss Web: www.StrategyGuideFor

The list grows by users just like you and me submitting new locations.  You can even submit a picture.  Yeah! Someone already put in Honolulu!

Helping others by growing the list.

Karen Sebastian, MSPT

Urinary Incontinence and Sneezing

Monday, January 4th, 2010

“When I have to sneeze I literally have to stop walking to keep from leaking.” – Beth 39

The connection between urine leaking and sneezing is that when you sneeze (or cough) your internal abdominal pressure increases which puts a downward pressure on your bladder.  This unexpected increase in abdominal pressure, without adequate activation of the pelvic floor muscles for support, can result in urine leaking.

Tip: To train your body – quickly activate your pelvic floor muscles and then pretend cough immediately. Practice this in addition to your regular pelvic floor strengthening program. By doing this you will strengthen the quick response of your pelvic floor muscles so when you feel the urge to sneeze (or cough) you know you can hold.  For more guided instruction to prevent urinary incontinence order The Bladder Cure DVD today!

Helping others to help themselves.

Karen Sebastian, MSPT