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Therapeutic Insight – Frequency, Urgency and/or Incontinence

Posted: 11/4/2009 Massage Magazine
by John F. Barnes, PT

You have probably seen the TV ad that starts out with a loud, menacing voice screaming, “Overactive bladder!” The ad then goes on to extol the merits of a drug that will dry up everything you have. The screen then changes to a girl in a white pinafore skipping merrily through a field of daisies with joyful music playing. The music and visuals are distracting us from the soft voice listing contraindications and possible side effects—possible high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, dizziness, fatigue, extreme nausea and thoughts of suicide, etc.

This sad and deceptive scenario plays again and again. It also is an example of the flawed perspective of science, only looking for and treating the superficial effects, otherwise known as symptoms.

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