Could A Popular Exercise Program Help Women With Urinary Incontinence?

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(WWJ) Pure Barre is trendy, low-impact exercise program that's gaining popularity in both in metro Detroit and nationwide.

But could it help women with an embarrassing problem? 

Dr. Rebeccah Briskin, a woman's health expert at Henry Ford Hospital, is conducting a study to see if Pure Barre — which activates pelvic floor muscles, similar to Kegel excercises  — can treat urinary incontinence. 

Speaking with WWJ Health Reporter Dr. Deanna Lites, Briskin said urinary incontinence effects around one in three women over age 65, and usually gets worse with age. 

"The main two (types) are stress urinary incontinence, where you leak urine with an increase in pressure inside the belly — so think coughing, laughing, sneezing — and you lose small to moderate amounts of urine," Briskin explained. "The other type of urinary leakage would be urge urinary incontinence, where you get the urge to go, you're racing to the bathroom and you don't quite make it; you lose a little bit of urine just before you make it.

"So the study is actually investigating both types. Any sort of incontinence at all, where you lose urine at least once a week."

What will they be looking for?

"To see if performing the exercises — approximately ten classes in two months or less — will improve your symptoms of leakage," Briskin said. 

The study will take place over the next year at Pure Barre locations across the country, including in Detroit, Birmingham and West Bloomfield. Women age 18 and older at all fitness levels are welcome.

Those interested in participating can visit THIS LINK. If you have questions, send an email to Dr. Briskin at, or call 313-932-5733

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