Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Muscle Physiotherapy

By Adelaide Women's Physio | June 21, 2016

What is Incontinence?

Incontinence refers to leakage of urine and is very common in women. It isn’t just a part of getting old. Younger women are known to experience leakage, especially with incorrect exercise techniques or in high impact gym or sporting movements.

Incontinence can occur:

  • in pregnancy
  • after birth (vaginal and even caesarean)
  • with hormonal change in life stage of menopause
  • during stressful situations
  • as we age

Two Different Types of Incontinence:

Urinary stress incontinence is leakage of urine when the pelvic floor muscles are too weak to close the urethra (urine tube). This form of incontinence refers to the stress or force placed on the urinary tract with coughing, bending, lifting weights or quick movements.

Urge incontinence is leakage occurring when the bladder muscles are overactive. This means women are often rushing to the toilet, when their bladder is not full. They respond to a sense of urgency and their bladder becomes their boss.

Physiotherapy and Incontinence

80% of women with bladder and bowel issues can be helped with effective pelvic muscle training and advice/education.

Internal assessment is important in the assessment of pelvic floor muscle action, enabling the Physiotherapist to prescribe a suitable exercise program, along with giving advice. At Physiotherapy For Women, the Physiotherapists working in this area have the necessary post graduate training to assess and treat incontinence issues.

For further information on physiotherapy and pelvic floor muscle treatment click on the link below.

http://www.physiotherapy.asn.au/APAWCM/Advocacy/Campaigns/Continence_Week.aspx