Let’s talk about urinary incontinence, a condition that affects many women, regardless of whether they’ve had children or not. But fear not! We are here to help you bid farewell to those wee problems and get back to doing what you love!
Urinary incontinence comes in two main types: stress urinary incontinence and urge urinary incontinence. The first occurs when pressure is exerted on the bladder during activities like jogging, lifting, laughing, or even sneezing. It’s a common issue for one in three women who have had a baby, but it can also affect women without children. On the other hand, urge urinary incontinence is characterized by an intense urge to go to the toilet, often leading to rushed trips and subsequent leakage. Triggers can range from everyday actions like washing hands or putting a key in the door to anxiety. It’s more prevalent in women and tends to increase with age.
Now, let’s address the big question: How can physiotherapy help you overcome this frustrating condition? At SquareOne, an experienced pelvic health physiotherapist will assess your condition, taking into account your individual circumstances and current level of function. They work closely with your GP or specialist doctor to ensure a holistic approach that considers your overall health, providing you with a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your goals and lifestyle needs.
While there’s no “one size fits all” approach to treating urinary incontinence, pelvic floor muscle training is a common and effective treatment for many women. Pelvic health physiotherapists are experts in pelvic anatomy and function, and they excel at guiding patients through exercises that can strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Research supports the effectiveness of pelvic floor muscle training in reducing or eliminating urine leakage and the frequency of accidents. The best part? It’s a safe treatment option with no adverse effects.
During your sessions, your pelvic health physiotherapist will assess your current strength, endurance, and areas where improvement is needed. However, please keep in mind that pelvic floor muscle training may not be suitable for everyone. In such cases, your physiotherapist will thoroughly discuss the reasons behind your leakage and recommend appropriate alternative treatments or referrals to other specialists if necessary.
Remember, you don’t need a doctor’s referral to visit a physiotherapist. They are well-equipped to help you recover from injuries, manage pain, increase mobility, and prevent further issues. Your physiotherapist will listen to your needs and develop a tailored treatment plan specifically for your condition. In many cases, they collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals to ensure comprehensive and coordinated care.
Don’t let urinary incontinence hold you back any longer! Take the first step towards regaining control and improving your quality of life. Reach out to your local physio clinic and schedule an appointment with a pelvic health physiotherapist today.
Live life without limitations, with your physio by your side!