Stress urinary incontinence is leaking of urine when sudden pressure is created in the tummy, for example when you cough, sneeze, laugh, lift, jump, run or bend over. The cause of stress incontinence is usually weak or injured pelvic floor muscles. Hormonal changes at the time of menopause and aging connective tissue can also contribute to pelvic floor muscle weakness. The leaking usually occurs when the pressure from the tummy is stronger than the pelvic floor can resist. This means the pelvic floor muscle clamp and lift around the urethra (wee tube) is inefficient, resulting in urinary leakage.
Incontinence effects at least 1 in 4 women and although it is common it is not normal and it is not something you need to live with. Pelvic floor physiotherapy is very effective in treating stress urinary incontinence with research indicating up to 80% cure rate.
It has been shown that 1 in 3 women are doing pelvic floor muscle exercise incorrectly. Therefore it is so important to get a full assessment by a qualified physiotherapist when experiencing urinary leakage. At Physiotherapy for Women we will assist you with your pelvic floor problems to help reduce or stop urinary leakage, so you can live a happy and healthy life style. We provide a relaxing environment where your privacy and comfort is maintained.
Phone or email us now for an appointment. If you have any queries on bladder control or pelvic floor concerns we are happy to assist you.