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The Bathroom Key

The Bathroom Key

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Urinary incontinence is an underdiagnosed and underreported 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.

The Bathroom Key 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 Advocates for PT as something that can radically help the problem 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)

Urinary incontinence is an underdiagnosed and underreported 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.

The Bathroom Key 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 Advocates for PT as something that can radically help the problem 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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Publish date: Dec 1, 2011
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Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9781936303212
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amys3boys reviewed this
Rated 4/5
The book is written in a very easy to read conversational style. The exercises are well illustrated by the authors, and easy to follow. Incontinence is so incredibly prevalent, and yet so few people are willing to talk about it! So many people out there are walking around in shame, keeping their own silence about something they can CURE!
annbeirne reviewed this
This book is by a physical therapist, Kathryn Kassai, and her client, Kim Perelli. It is written with enough medical references to make me feel confident that Kassai knows what she's talking about, but in easy-to-understand language. Its thoroughness is impressive, dealing with both urinary and bowel incontinence, and looking at a wide range of possible treatments. I think it makes a great starting point, even before a first doctor's visit. Impressive.
wifemomknitter_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I was glad to be chosen to receive a copy of this book for review.Incontinence happens to a lot of women but it's the issue that no one wants to talk about. I know, because for a long time, it was my dirty little secret.I found this book very informative and it offers a lot of useful information on how to treat it through exercises that can be performed in the privacy of your own home. It also offers resources for having the discussion about this medical condition with your doctor.I think that ever primary care and OB/GYN doctor's office should have this in their library.
kssunflower_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
The Bathroom Key: Put An End to Incontinence by Physical Therapist Kathryn Kassai and co-author Kim Pereli is a book that should be in every woman's personal library. Incontinence can occur at any point in a woman's life, but most of us feel helpless and overwhelmed when it becomes a part of our daily lives. This book is for those times. It teaches us how to overcome both the physical causes and the accompanying stress and depression.After discussing the book with my physician, she decided to order copies to share with other patients, and to make it the go-to book for patients suffering from incontinence. It is that good.Any woman suffering the humiliation and worry associated with incontinence needs this book. It may help her stay dry without resorting to medications or surgery. No more interrupted sleep with endless treks to the bathroom, no anxiety attacks when shopping where bathrooms may be difficult to access, no worries about traveling. No more thick, uncomfortable, telltale pads to wear. Of course, you must implement the suggestions in the book and do the exercises to put an end to incontinence, but if you've ever experienced the distress it causes, motivation is not a problem.Knowledge is power, so the authors make sure women know the the possible causes of incontinence regardless whether you suffer from stress or urge urinary incontinence. Not sure? No problem, because there are questions to answer, checklists to follow and ample illustrations and photographs so you become empowered to understand and take responsibility for your treatment. This book helps you identify the triggers for leaked urine and unexpected flatulence. Did you know that both can be related to the same weak pelvic floor muscles and that by strengthening those muscles, you improve your control over both leaked liquid and embarrassing gas releases.None of this is easily discussed with family and friends, and some women are too embarrassed to discuss it with their doctors. (You can even learn, in the privacy of your own home, the proper physical mechanics of using a toilet. Very few of us are taught the techniques discussed here, but they can make the experience more efficient and less problematic.) There is a comprehensive glossary so you can become fluent in discussing and understanding medical terms relating to incontinence and that removes much of the mystery and fear about discussing these symptoms. This is the book to give to yourself or someone who know who is struggling with incontinence. There is an eight-week exercise program for stress urinary incontinence as well as a comprehensive approach to treat urge urinary incontinence. Regardless of the nature of your incontinence problem, this book will help you overcome it. There is a chapter on the benefits of Pilates, using both mats and props. Strengthening core muscles are key to health generally and to incontinence treatment specifically. None of the exercises are difficult and all are thoroughly explained.If you suffer from organ prolapse or pelvic pain, this book will also help you understand both the causes and the treatment of these conditions. It even addresses the depression that so often accompanies incontinence and incontinence-related conditions and can help you begin to enjoy sex again without pain or anxiety due to these common conditions. This book will help you and the medical professionals who work with you overcome your incontinence more effectively and efficiently. The authors list resources to help you find physical therapists who specialize in treating incontinence. They also recommend professional quality products referred to in the treatment phase of the book that can be purchased at a discount and tell you where you can locate them. This is a book for women written by women who understand the problems of incontinence and who have experience in helping other women end incontinence once and for all. They have done their part; now, all you have to do is yours – buy the book for yourself or someone you care about who needs it. I highly recommend it.
cougargirl1967 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
A book that I didn't realize I needed, I want to jump, laugh, fall down and cough with peace of mind as I grow older. Easy to follow and crammed full of important information this book should be read by all women. I dare say your partner will enjoy the results as well!
virasana123 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
“The Bathroom Key” was an awesome read. Firstly, I actually thought that urinary incontinence was just inevitable and the only tool available to help was Kegel exercises. However, this book gave a thorough navigation about the pelvic floor and muscles that support it. The most intriguing revelation for me was how important the transverse abdominus muscle is in supporting the bladder, as well as assisting in coughing, sneezing, climbing stairs, and balance. In addition, it was interesting to realize that the flat stomach we all aspire to achieve is accomplished through the toning of this muscle. One of the most significant exercises I learned is the pelvic brace that involves the contraction of the transverse abdominus and the pelvic floor muscles. I actually utilize the pelvic brace daily when climbing stairs and walking, and especially when sneezing or coughing. Also, the significance of incorporating Pilates to support the pelvic floor and promote overall wellness only strengthened my interest in this great tool.This book is excellent in its explanation of the different types of urinary incontinence, urge and stress. It was significant to realize that my frequent bathroom trips have nothing to do with the great amount of water that I drink, but that I have to re-train my bladder to hold the urine and to recognize that a urge to go doesn't necessarily mean that I have to void immediately, especially since the bladder is always filling up and never really empty!!!! The exercise program provided is easy to understand, and I like how it is allows for a gradual progression of strength and endurance for the pelvic floor. Importantly, the sections on urinary infections, organ prolapse, and pelvic pain were absolutely essential, and again except for the urinary infections, I didn't know that there was much anyone could do to avoid these abnormalities.This book is an excellent resource and is a must-read for the prevention and cure of urinary/pelvic issues.
mrsbubble_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I requested this book because I have issues with incontinence that I hoped would be addressed. Boy was it addressed! I thought my issue was relatively small and "unimportant" in the big scheme of things, but this book made it clear that many thousands of women have the same small issues as I do, as well as some that are much greater and more problematic. In fact, I learned that small issues often become much larger problems, and the earlier you start working to combat the muscular decline that causes urinary incontinence, the better off you will be. I would give the book five stars for its tackling of a under-addressed topic, and five stars for its thoroughness, and even the helpfulness of its information and suggestions. I consider myself fairly learned about bodily functions, but I found several things that I didn't know, and that changed my understanding of my own issues.The book is nearly too thorough, only in the sense that for my particular (small) issue, there was much that didn't directly apply to me. But I read the whole book, reasoning that just because it doesn't apply to me now, doesn't mean it couldn't someday, and perhaps being better aware of future possibilities would make me more apt to take my current issues more seriously.I ended up downgrading my rating by one star simply for the language of the book. I appreciated the matter-of-fact girl-talk, and the occasional joke, but sometimes I felt like I was reading a pure self-help book. Yes, it *is* a self-help book in some respects, and the positive affirmations no doubt provide needed encouragement, but at the same time I think the book is trying to straddle a medical and psychological divide, where the medical and factual side suit all comers, but the psychological side is weighted towards a particular type of reader. I guess they had to choose a target audience, but it just wasn't me.Despite my reaction to the cheerleader language, I would recommend this book be required reading for all women. How is it that a problem can be so wide-spread, and yet so little understood by the very women that suffer from it?! That this supposedly "dirty" little secret, shameful in many ways, can often be resolved without any third-party intervention, should be shameful to the medical community.
justmerosalie reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Review of a book for Librarything Early Reviewers The number one reason women are eventually put into RestHome facilities when they reach old age is incontinence. Their caretakers at home simply cannot cope any longer with changing diapers for them. This has always been thought of as an aging effect. Arnold Kegel, M D is known for his work to improve or illiminate this problem and for his Kegel exercises.Katheryn Kassai, physical therapist and founder of the Praxis Physical Therapy and Kim Perelly, Women's Health Advocate have expounded on Kegel's work to develop more effective exercises, exercises for muscles you probably never knew you had. They also cover diet, relieving stress, depression, sexual problems, prolapse trouble and pelvic pain. The program looks very effectual and takes only 8-16 weeks. I believe you will see results very quickly. Also available are sources for exercise weights and/or the Kegel Master. The information found here will likely not be easy to find anywhere else but it can't be emphasized how very important it can be. All of us should be educated on this and this is the book to do it with.
kwoman reviewed this
Rated 2/5
did not feel this book was as comprehensive as it could have been. I originally wanted it to research into my late mother's issues with incontinence; but I was disappointed in the book overall. It might help others but it didn't help me.

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