It was reported based on the results of a study performed by Dr. Aaron Michlefelder of the Loyola University Health System that incidence of urinary incontinence per week had a decrease of 68 percent. From 38 episodes per week, it was reported by the women that episodes of incontinence plunged to 12 after using cognitive therapy.

Cognitive therapy (CT) is a type of psychotherapy developed by American psychiatrist Aaron Beck in the 1960s. Helping patients surmount difficulties by altering dysfunctional thinking, behavior, and emotional responses are the aims of this type of therapy. Mental processes that put the subject into a state of relaxation are the methods employed in achieving this goal.

The term cognitive therapy may sound intimidating to the ordinary person but in actuality this procedure is very much similar to meditation or any other systems that aim to bring a person to a stage where she may maximize the infinite power of our subconscious. Others have called this hypnotherapy, auto suggestion, progressive relaxation, relaxation response, and even plainly mental training.

In this particular study, the subjects were introduced to this form of therapy by asking them to do a series of relaxation and visualization exercises in their homes. The procedures were first explained and subjects taught how to make use of the exercises before starting on the actual therapy. Each subject was then instructed to do the exercise two times a day for two weeks.

Subjects involved in the study, who had a mean age of 62 years, were all confirmed to be suffering from urinary incontinence A very significant improvement in their medical condition was the response given by the subjects after three weeks of exercises.

A very positive impact was reported by one woman who claims to saturate seven to eight pads a day and was afraid to leave her house due to her incontinence. She now claims that she is 98 percent free of leakage. The women involved in the study were unanimous in claiming the same positive results.

This has led Dr. Michelfelder, the chief researcher, to assert that the mind-body connection has proven to be particularly valuable to women suffering from incontinence. The chief researcher further stated that the women’s motivation to make changes and regain control of their bodies were factors that enhanced the effectiveness of the therapy.

For the thousands of women suffering from this condition, the success of this method of therapy will surely be very welcomed. With more options for the treatment of urinary incontinence including this method, women may be spared from taking extreme actions such as vaginal mesh surgeries which have caused pain and suffering to a lot of patients. These complaints have resulted to litigations such as the vaginal mesh lawsuits. You may visit for more information regarding this matter.


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