There are 3 types of incontinence. Stress incontinence which is leaking with a certain activity such as jumping or sneezing. Urge incontinence which is an uncontrollable and sudden urge to pee. This may come on with a certain activity or a certain time, for example, unlocking the front door. And mixed incontinence which is a combination of the two. Urinary incontinence can affect both men and women.
In women we typically see an increase in incontinence post partum and post menopausal. There are several changes that occur to the muscles of the pelvic floor while pregnant and after delivery. These changes can affect muscle strength and endurance and affect her ability to control urine. During and after menopause there are changes in estrogen in the body as well as water content of the muscles. This can affect both the strength and elasticity of the pelvic floor.
There may be difficulty voiding or dribbling after urinating. Getting up to go to the bathroom at night or the inability to control their bladder during everyday activities are other common problems.
The role of the pelvic floor physiotherapist is to assess and treat the reason for the incontinence that is occurring. Treatments may include a combination of manual therapy, exercise, behaviour modification and a home exercise program tailored to your needs.
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