Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy / Female Urinary Incontinence

What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a topic of conversation that has been considered taboo for a very long time. More recently, people have become more vocal amongst friends and family about pelvic floor issues. Bladder incontinence (loss of urine) continues to be the second most common cause of admittance to nursing homes (the first being dementia) and 1 in 4 women have some form of incontinence (bladder or fecal).

There are two common types of incontinence – stress incontinence and urge incontinence. Stress incontinence occurs when there is an increase in intra-abdominal pressure. In layman’s terms, when we laugh, cough, sneeze, exercise or lift something, there is loss of urine. Urge incontinence occurs when there is a full bladder. There is an intense urge to go to the bathroom then a loss of urine that is not voluntary. Both of these conditions can be treated but they require the consistent, proper strengthening exercises and usually some help to provide normal tone of the muscles of the pelvic floor.

How are Incontinence issues treated?

During a pelvic floor assessment, there is an in-depth subjective history taken with the patient. This may last 1/2 hour. The rest of the assessment is spent doing a thorough external examination, as well as an internal pelvic examination.

Pelvic floor patients usually see a change in strength within three to four weeks of commencing properly executed pelvic floor exercises.

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