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Incontinence

Common? Yes – Normal? No

Almost 50 per cent of women experience urinary incontinence (the inability to control the bladder) at some point in their lives. Many women do not even mention it to their doctor often because they think it is normal to experience ‘a bit of leakage’ when they sneeze or laugh, particularly if they have had children or if they are “of a certain age”.

Urinary incontinence is certainly common, but it is not normal and it shouldn’t be accepted as normal. While urinary incontinence is less common in men, it is still a significant health issue for them too.

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The adverse health effects of urinary incontinence go far beyond embarrassment. Longer term, it can result in urinary tract and bladder infections which can become very serious.

In the majority of cases urinary incontinence can be treated very effectively and inexpensively with the prescription of the correct exercises, bladder control techniques and lifestyle modifications.

The two main types of urinary incontinence are stress and urge and they can occur together. It is essential to know which type you may have so it can be effectively treated.

Stress incontinence is a weakness or loss of tone of the pelvic floor muscles (PFMs), which renders them unable to stop the flow of urine during actions such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, twisting, or lifting. PFM weakness can result from the muscles being overstretched during childbirth or even from low estrogen levels, such as during menstruation or menopause. There are 16 muscles that comprise the pelvic floor

Urge incontinence is when there is a sudden ‘urge’ to urinate with an inability to control the bladder. This happens when the PFMs are chronically tense to the point of fatigue and they give out at inappropriate times. There can be an association with other conditions which may also need to be addressed.

Multiple research projects have concluded that the most effective treatment for stress and urge incontinence is exercise-based, as long as the exercise programs are devised after a thorough assessment. Physiotherapists are trained in the anatomy, function and pathology of the pelvic floor and many complete post graduate training in this area.

A number of the physiotherapists at North East Life have undertaken further training in the treatment of urinary incontinence, can diagnose which type you may have and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Treatment is generally not invasive, is predominantly exercise-based and is effective.

YES, incontinence is common: NO, it is not normal. Most importantly, it can be successfully treated relatively easily and non-invasively.

Whatever your age, gender, stage of life or activity profile, you can and should expect to enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle with confidence, knowing that you have full control of your bladder. Contact North East Life today and find out how you can regain and maintain control of your pelvic floor and move with confidence.

Wangaratta

Ph: 03 5722 1424
Fax: 03 5722 1093

Address:
10 Chisholm Street,
Wangaratta VIC 3677

Studio 20
Clinical Pilates

Address:
20 Chisholm Street,
Wangaratta VIC 3677

The Inner Space

Address:
20B Chisholm Street,
Wangaratta VIC 3677

Benalla

Ph: 03 5762 6866
Fax: 03 5762 6860

Address:
39 Nunn Street,
Benalla VIC 3672

Yarrawonga

Ph: 03 5743 1142
Fax: 03 5743 3151

Address:
24 Belmore Street,
Yarrawonga VIC 3730