Over 25 million Americans are affected by incontinence. Your pelvic floor muscles must be correctly coordinated and work together in order to provide proper support to the bladder and urethra.
There are three major types of urinary incontinence: stress, urge, and mixed incontinence.
- Stress incontinence: Urinary leakage caused by coughing, sneezing, laughing or exertion
- Urge incontinence: A sudden and strong urge to urinate, followed by the inability to control it
- Mixed incontinence: A combination of both stress and urge loss of urine
How can physical therapy help?
During the initial evaluation, assessment of strength, motor control, endurance, and correct tone of the pelvic floor muscles will take place. Posture and abdominal musculature control is also a major component of our ability to maintain continence. A bladder diary will possibly be used in order to assess fluid intake and toileting habits. Individualized pelvic floor strengthening and pelvic girdle stability program will be initiated.
You should never feel like your life revolves around your bladder habits. No matter your age, You should never have uncontrolled leaking of urine. Contact me in order to work towards independence from your bladder and the ability to enjoy the things you love.
1 National Association for Incontinence, Facts and Statistics
2 Reilly ET, Freeman RM, Waterfield MR, et al: Prevention of postpartum stress incontinence in primigravidae with increased bladder neck mobility: a randomised controlled trial of antenatal pelvic floor exercises. BJOG 109:68-76, 2002.