Local Business Offers Help For Women’s Health

By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript, Okla.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr)> “Therapy in Motion” co-owner Cindy Merrick wants to get across that women, and men, don’t have to suffer if they are willing to open up and talk about their issues with their health providers.

The Norman Transcript, Okla.

While topics once considered taboo are now commonly talked about, there are many topics, including those affecting women’s health and quality of life, that still aren’t discussed — sometimes even with health professionals.

“A lot of women are too embarrassed to talk about their problems,” said Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion co-owner.

While women might be more likely to be suffer in silence, they aren’t the only ones affected by embarrassing topics. Millions of Americans suffer from some type of incontinence annually, Merrick said. And while surgical remedies are available, surgery isn’t the only available option.

“I treat both men and women who have urinary and fecal incontinence,” she said. “This is a non-surgical option that has a 97 percent success rate. It’s safe, and it’s research proven.”

The Mayo Clinic identifies incontinence as a symptom, not a disease, and recommends people see a doctor to identify any underlying medical conditions or physical problems. And while both Merrick and the Mayo say incontinence is more common as people get older, it isn’t an inevitable consequence of aging.

“Women are more likely to have stress incontinence,” according to mayoclinic.org. “Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and normal female anatomy account for this difference. However, men with prostate gland problems are at increased risk of urge and overflow incontinence.”

Merrick said there are different types of incontinence.

Stress incontinence is accompanied by coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting, jumping and exercising.

“A lot of us when we get older, our pelvic floor stretches out,” Merrick said. “Obesity is a factor. Diet is a factor.”

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