What is incontinence?
Incontinence is a term that describes any accidental loss of urine from the bladder (urinary incontinence) or bowel (faecal or bowel incontinence).
Common types of incontinence are
- Stress urinary incontinence, which is bladder leakage with coughing, sneezing or during exercise or sport.
- Urge urinary incontinence is bladder leakage associated with a strong urge to empty the bladder “when you have to go, you have got to go!”
- Post prostatectomy incontinence which is bladder leakage following prostate surgery.
Risk factors for incontinence:
Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, aging, constipation, chronic coughing, being overweight, recurrent bladder infections, pelvic surgery such as prostate and gynaecological surgery.
Treatment of incontinence
Our physiotherapists at Body Logic Physiotherapy play an important role in the treatment of incontinence. There is strong evidence that physiotherapy management is effective and should be the first line treatment for incontinence.
For bladder and bowel incontinence treatment includes pelvic floor muscle training. In some cases the pelvic floor becomes over active and in other cases it becomes weak. We use real time ultrasound to show you how best to work your pelvic floor muscles.
There is also strong evidence for the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle including regular physical activity, sleep, diet and stress management.
A progressive exercise program and self-management plan is the key to controlling your symptoms.