According to The Canadian Continence Foundation, around 10% of the population experiences incontinence, or leaking urine without meaning to. Although it is common, it is not normal, and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is the first line of defense. Since there is a solution, you do not have to accept it as part of your life.
While it is a common condition in the older population, it can happen throughout the lifespan for many reasons. It is important to note that although it is common, it most definitely is not normal, and should not be accepted as such in your everyday routine.
If you think you’re dealing with urinary incontinence, contact Glow Physio today for more information.
What Causes Urinary Incontinence?
There are several reasons why Urinary Incontinence occurs. In some cases it is a short-term problem, when the symptoms are related to a urinary tract infection or an upper respiratory illness that includes a strong cough. These issues lead to short-term leaking that tends to resolve when the illness clears. Even some medications can result in temporary bladder control problems. There are more common causes of urinary incontinence that won’t necessarily clear up on their own.
Here are some of the most common underlying problems and conditions that result in patients seeking Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy.
- Overactive bladder
- Leaking with coughing, sneezing, laughing, and exercise
- Tight pelvic floor muscles, which can lead to painful intercourse and other issues
- Weak pelvic floor muscles
- Neurological conditions causing damage to the nerves that control the bladder (such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, or diabetic neuropathy)
- Conditions that damage the pelvic floor nerves (e.g. childbirth, injury or surgery)
- Difficulty getting to the bathroom in time due to impaired mobility (e.g. due to impaired balance or arthritis)
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Blockage from an enlarged prostate
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is here to help you regain your pelvic function and regain your freedom.
How Can Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Help?
The Pelvic Floor Muscles support the pelvic organs – the bladder, rectum, and uterus or prostate. They allow for urination and bowel movements when needed, and prevent the leakage of urine or stool the remainder of the time. These muscles also help to stabilize the pelvis and work as part of the abdominal canister – working with your abdominal muscles, back muscles, and diaphragm. When these muscles are too tight or too weak, urinary incontinence can result, and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy can help.
When your Physiotherapist arrives at your home, they will review your medical history and ask questions regarding urinary frequency, bowel function, and lifestyle factors. A physical evaluation will also occur to check your movement patterns and observe muscle imbalances, issues with posture, and movements that could be improved. The function of the pelvic floor muscles will be checked and this can be done on the first visit or a future visit, with Real-Time Ultrasound and an exam to determine the best course of action.
Treatment will be customized to your specific condition, needs, and goals. Options may include the following:
- Increasing endurance and strength of the pelvic floor, hip and core muscles, or focusing on lengthening and relaxing of the muscles, depending on what your individualized exam has shown.
- Improving posture and stretching out tight areas that are contributing to your symptoms
- Keeping a bladder diary to review at future appointments
- Participating in an exercising/mobility program tailored to your goals
Contact Us Today
It’s time to be present and not constantly worry about the nearest washroom. If you are struggling, contact Glow Physio to schedule your first appointment. We are here to get you back to the activities you love by restoring your Pelvic Floor Function.