Perhaps, if you are a CrossFitter, you have already seen it. Perhaps you have lived it, and have dealt with the embarrassment of exercise-induced urinary leakage firsthand. I’m curious to know what you think of this video. If you went to your gynecologist for help with this problem, would you be satisfied if she told you, “It is okay to pee during double unders?” So you are just supposed to let it happen and there is nothing you can do to stop it?
FALSE! Peeing during workouts is NOT okay, and it is not a normal and healthy response to exercise.
“But,” you may say, “I’ve had several children. It’s normal for me.”
FALSE. It doesn’t really matter how the dysfunction started—the fact is, it is a muscular dysfunction to pee during exercise, and it’s treatable.
When you perform a high intensity task such as double unders, your abdominal cavity is put under a lot of pressure, called intra-abdominal pressure. The body is designed to withstand that pressure without allowing things to fall out of it (literally). There are muscles that make up the bottom floor of your abdominal cavity, called your pelvic floor. When those muscles are not strong enough to counter the intra-abdominal pressure exerted by exercising, the pressure wins and you get leakage.
Think of it like the balloon model pictured. The abdominal compartment is made up of your diaphragm on top, pelvic floor on bottom, and transversus abdominis and spinal muscles around the front, sides, and back. When you increase pressure inside the area, these muscles must be strong enough to keep all that pressure inside without allowing things (like urine) to leak out.
So how do you strengthen your pelvic floor, you ask? Come to Wisconsin Orthopedic Physical Therapy! We do not accept or promote that having a leakage dysfunction during CrossFit activities is normal. Dr. Kristen Behl would love to teach you all about it, and help you develop these essential muscles to prevent this type of embarrassment in the gym forever!
Call and schedule an appointment today with Dr. Lauren Croal at 414-763-2941!