Tasha Mulligan

Health Professional

Tasha wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Incontinence.

Latest by Tasha Mulligan

Every time I stand up I leak...

If you find it hard to control your bladder when you stand up from a seated position you may want to take a closer look at your sitting posture. In my previous entries I have talked extensively about how our posture can affect the function of our pel...

Treating Incontinence with Electric Stimulation

You can view electric stimulation (e-stim) much the same as charging a car battery or priming a motor before it will start. Providing e-stim to the neuromuscular receptors within your pelvic floor muscles can help to re-open communication between tho...

Topical Estrogen Cream as a Treatment Option for Incontinence

Estrogen is a natural hormone in the female body. As we age, we all experience a gradual loss of estrogen and the rate at which we lose estrogen increases as we reach our menopause years. One of the roles that estrogen plays in our bodies is to help ...

Strategies to Maximize Activity Levels While Managing Incontinence

It is important that we don’t allow incontinence to limit our activity level. I say “allow” because it is a choice. If we pass on opportunities to travel, to exercise, to go to the game or concert, then incontinence begins to take control of our live...

Pelvic Floor and Diaphragm: Floor and Ceiling of our Abdomen/Pelvis

I want to look closely at the relationship between our diaphragm and our pelvic floor. The diaphragm is the ceiling of our pelvis and abdomen, while our pelvic floor is just that…the floor of our pelvis and abdomen. Both of these structures are muscu...

Slow and Fast Twitch Muscle Fibers Within Our Pelvic Floor - What They Are and How to Work Them

Have you ever heard of slow twitch and fast twitch muscle fibers? Muscles that are predominantly made up of fast twitch muscle fibers are our quick reacting, higher contractile force muscles that fatigue rather quickly. Muscles made up of predominant...

The Very Important Transversus Abdominus Muscle

The transversus abdominus muscle (TA) plays a very important role in pelvic floor (PF) rehabilitation and function, but most explanations for controlling continence don’t mention any exercises other than kegels. Why is this? Have our media outlets fa...

Posture - how does it effect incontinence?

Posture - how does it effect incontinence? If I told you that your posture may be effecting your incontinence, would you believe me? Is it true that a subtle tilt of your pelvis can effect where your pelvic contents shift inside? Let’s take a closer ...