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The Bathroom Key: Put an End to Incontinence (edition 2012)

by Kathryn Kassai Physical Therapist, Kim Perelli

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Title:The Bathroom Key: Put an End to Incontinence
Authors:Kathryn Kassai Physical Therapist
Other authors:Kim Perelli
Info:Demos Health (2012), Edition: 1, Paperback, 198 pages
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The Bathroom Key: Put an End to Incontinence by Kathryn Kassai Physical Therapist



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The Bathroom Key is an excellent reference book and a must read for anyone who suffers incontinence. Information is provided in an easy to understand language explaining the medical problem and various treatment options. ( )
  SandraLee | Apr 26, 2013 |
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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! ( )
  amys3boys | Dec 26, 2012 |
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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.
  annbeirne | Oct 20, 2012 |
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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. ( )
  WifeMomKnitter | Jun 21, 2012 |
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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. ( )
  kssunflower | Apr 27, 2012 |
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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"--Provided by publisher. "Urinary incontinence is an untimely, embarrassing, and life-limiting condition. This book gives the knowledge, inspiration, and opportunity to rediscover an incontinence-free life. An effective treatment plan is presented along with real experiences of people and the author, herself. Although this was written for women, many male patients have benefited from this book. "The natural plan in this book is accepted mainstream medicine, and it will change your life.""--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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