Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Yoga appears to help pelvic-floor problems, Loyola researcher says

Dr. Sandi Tenfelde, PhD, RN, APN, a Loyola Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing researcher and educator, talks about the benefits of yoga. She teaches master's level graduate nursing students and conducts research. Her husband influenced her decision to conduct research on yoga and pelvic-floor medicine

She tellls WJOL radio that she is currently conducting research on women, urge urinary incontinence and yoga. For those interested in joining the study, please call (708) 216-9213.

Yoga helps strengthen the mind-body connection and appears to help women control this difficult condition. She says that there is a relationship between inflammation and urge urinary incontinence. She adds that yoga has been shown to decrease inflammation and that this has been proven in heart disease patients. Urge urinary incontinence is estimated to affect about 13 percent of the population. Only about 25 percent of people afflicted with this condition seek treatment.

There are other traditional therapies, but they don't help everyone and the side effects can be severe. Meditation also has been shown to be helpful in controlling urge urinary incontinence. In the West, we are only just beginning to see the medical benefits of yoga, she says. Dr. Tenfelde is also studying pelvic girdle pain that many new mothers experience and associated sexual dysfunction. She is also gathering information on how the African-American community incorporates alternative therapies.

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Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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