What is Incontinence?
Incontinence is a common problem experienced by many. However, it can be managed and in many cases can be cured. There are two types of incontinence:
• Urinary incontinence is the accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder
• Bowel incontinence is the accidental or involuntary loss of faces or wind from the bowel
Focusing on stress urinary incontinence (SUI): leakage occurs on attempting things such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, running, or standing from a chair.
What causes SUI?
• Poor coordination of pelvic floor muscles
• Weakness of pelvic floor muscles
• Damage to the fascia and /or inner urethral factors
What can I do?
Incontinence is common but it is not normal and requires help. Visit a women’s health physiotherapist if experiencing leaking or any of the symptoms mentioned above. There are different types and causes and will require a different management plan.
The visit will involve:
• Taking a case history
• Thorough assessment to come up with best management plan
• Individualised pelvic floor muscle training program
• Addressing other lifestyle factors contribute to incontinence
How long will it take?
The journey of managing incontinence will take time. It will require commitment generally at least 8-12weeks strength programs to become effective and in some instances, this will require lifelong management. It is a small price to pay in order to stay dry and don’t require the use of pads, or avoid fluid intake before exercise or avoid exercise altogether.