Physiotherapy for bladder problems
by pelvic floor specialist
By Victoria Dawes BScPT
PADS, PILLS AND SURGERY ARE NOT THE ONLY TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR FEMALE URINARY INCONTINENCE AND PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE.
An overwhelming number of women experience urinary incontinence but they are not talking about it to their friends, their sisters and especially not to their health care practitioner. Even if they do raise the topic most family physicians do not suggest options other than pills or surgery.
Incontinence is the involuntary loss of any amount of urine at the wrong time or place. Urinary incontinence, also called bladder dysfunction, can be an embarrassing and emotionally devastating condition that can lead to depression and social isolation.
Stress incontinence occurs during physical activity, coughing or sneezing. Urge incontinence is the inability to delay urinating and is accompanied by a sudden strong urge. Mixed incontinence includes aspects of both.
Evidence from recent studies indicates that training the pelvic floor muscles to increase tone and strength provides a firmer support for the bladder, uterus and rectum and can improve and even resolve stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
Regrettably we are not taught the importance of keeping the pelvic muscles strong to prevent the symptoms many women accept as unavoidable. The outcome of hysterectomy or bladder support surgery will be enhanced if the muscles of the area are healthy and strong.
It is difficult to know how to correctly contract the pelvic floor muscles (referred to as Kegels exercises) and because we cannot see them many women perform them incorrectly and do not gain benefit from their efforts.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy uses an holistic approach to pelvic health incorporating instruction about: your urinary system ; dietary triggers; bladder training and behaviour modification in addition to classic physiotherapy techniques to assess and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and core and restore normal tissue tone and mobility.
DO NOT buy into the advertising industry’s promise that pills and pads will restore your freedom. Instead, strengthen the core and pelvic floor muscles and
TAKE BACK CONTROL.
For more information on how strong pelvic floor muscles can prevent, improve and resolve urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse and enhance sexual sensation visit www.pelvicfloorplan.com.
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