The Bathroom Key: Put an End to Incontinence

The Bathroom Key: Put an End to Incontinence


By (author) Kim Perelli, By (author) Kathryn Kassai

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  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 198 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 15mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 30 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1936303213
  • ISBN 13: 9781936303212
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 185,172

Product description

Urinary incontinence is an under diagnosed and under reported condition with major economic and psychosocial effects on society. Women are more likely to experience it due to issues with the pelvic floor brought on by pregnancy and menopause. The Bathroom Key is a treatment plan for women to cure their own incontinence issues. It also allows women to identify with other women through the anecdotal stories that echo their feelings of isolation and embarrassment. Written in easy-to-understand language, the book is a genuine teaching tool, guiding the reader to a better understanding of her body and effective remedies. Whereas in recent years some mention of the Kegel muscles and exercises have become common knowledge, this book is much more than just Kegels. By incorporating key elements of the physical therapy approach in this book, the reader will be encouraged to self-assess, modify behaviors, re-train her bladder, alter dietary habits, and practice a variety of exercises to self-treat and cure her incontinence. In most cases urinary incontinence is completely treatable with physical therapy. Women can regain bladder control, not have to take medications, throw away pads and regain their dignity. It is written in a "friend to friend" style that reveals the secrecy around urinary incontinence through real life stories of women dealing with the embarrassing and life-altering symptoms. It advocates for PT as something that can radically help the problem. It lists a variety of behavioral and practical exercises and allow people to self-treat at home (and also tells them when they need to see a physical therapist).

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Author information

Kim Perelli earned her BA in communications from the University of Southern California and has a successful background in advertising, sales, and marketing. Currently she works for SwaddleBaby, manufacturers of a patented swaddling blanket. She resides in Long Beach, CA and is the married mother of two children. Kim has dealt with the issue of incontinence personally, her problem was alleviated by the therapy used in this book. Kathryn Kassai, PT, CES, has over 32 years experience as a physical therapist. She earned her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware in 1978. She founded Praxis Physical Therapy in San Pedro, California in 1988. Today Praxis enjoys one of the highest customer satisfaction rankings of any physical therapy clinic in the country. Kathryn has specialized in the conservative treatment of incontinence, pelvic floor rehabilitation and pelvic pain for the past 15 years. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and four children.

Review quote

"Physical therapist Kassai and Perelli, who successfully treated her incontinence with the suggestions in this book, describe normal bladder function and four types of incontinence and their causes. While personal consultation with a physical therapist is recommended, Kassai presents her own eight- to 12-week program with specific exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and eliminate leakage. Dietary changes and regular exercise, including Pilates, are recommended. A list of resources and products as well as a glossary are included. The positive tone, combined with women's stories of success, should prove inspirational to readers. Exercises are well explained and easy to follow."-"Library Journal"

Table of contents

Chapter 1. The Hidden Epidemic of Urinary Incontinence; Chapter 2. Stress Urinary Incontinence; Chapter 3. Urge Urinary Incontinence; Chapter 4. Behavior Modification; Chapter 5. Women Affected by Urinary Incontinence; Chapter 6. Pelvic Floor Pain and Sexual Issues; Chapter 7. Incontinence and Depression; Chapter 8. Physical Therapy Cures Incontinence; Chapter 9. How Dry I Am... How Wet I'll Be... If I Don't Find... THE BATHROOM KEY...; Appendix I Self-Assessment Tool; Appendix II Resources to Find Specialists; Appendix III Bladder Diary Form.