Urinary incontinence occurs in men and women of all ages but it is common in the elderly. Most people resolve to live with the condition by using diapers, taking medication, and opting for surgery. However, physiotherapy is one of the most successful treatment options for increasing bladder control.
When bladder or the pelvic floor muscles weaken, this results in urinary incontinence as well as conditions such as constipation and diarrhea since the muscles support the rectum, bladder, and other important organs. Many of these conditions affect both women & men. Some are specific to women of middle and mature adult age.
In addition to age-related urinary incontinence, some common reasons for urinary incontinence are:
Although pelvic muscle weakness is not the cause of IBS, constipation and other bowel and colon disorders, there is a correlation between pelvic muscle weakness and aggravated symptoms of IBS, constipation, passing gas and diarrhea in both men & women. Therefore, pelvic health physiotherapists can help tremendously.
Pelvic floor muscles can be strengthened training and stimulating the muscles to properly perform their role of supporting the bladder and assisting the body to regain control of spasms, leakage, and urine stream.
A pelvic health physiotherapist can teach the patient several pelvic floor muscle re-training techniques that have shown to be effective in preventing and minimizing the symptoms of urinary incontinence in males and females. The treatment usually includes home programs and education on lifestyle changes.
If you are not sure that your symptoms are related or aggravated by pelvic floor muscle weakness, or you are not sure if a pelvic health physiotherapist can help. Contact us to book a consultation with one of our pelvic floor physiotherapists or attend one of our FREE seminars on this topic.
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