Urinary incontinence is the unwanted loss of urine at the wrong time or the wrong place. It can be just a few drops or enough to run down your legs or wet the floor.
There are many myths surrounding urinary incontinence – such as it’s an inevitable part of aging, or to be expected after childbirth. However, urinary incontinence can affect anyone of any age, of either sex. It’s estimated to affect 1 in 4 women at some point in their lives, 1 in 10 men and 1 in 5 seniors.
Stress Incontinence: This is the most common type of urinary incontinence. It is a loss of small to moderate amounts of urine with exertion – with coughing, sneezing, jumping, running, laughing, changing position etc Often this is due to weakness of the pelvic floor muscles, in women following childbirth or after the menopause, with men it is a common problem after prostate surgery.
Urge IncontinenceOverflow IncontinenceFunctional IncontinenceMixed Incontinence.
What we do
We teach you to regain control of your bladder. Treatment will always involve a lot of education, to teach you simple measures which can make a big impact on your bladder control. Treatment is often focused around the pelvic floor muscles – the sling of muscles which help to support and control the bladder. You will be taught how to identify them, how to tighten them (Kegel exercises) and how to use them functionally to help keep you dry.
Computerized biofeedback is a very useful tool in teaching pelvic floor muscle awareness. Through the use of carefully placed electrodes, you are able to see, on a computer screen, the effect of tightening your pelvic floor muscles. Being able to see when the muscles are working effectively teaches you how to control muscles that you may previously have been unaware of.
Other techniques may include bladder retraining, posture re-education, exercises for the abdominals and other ‘core’ muscles. A home exercise program will always be an important part of your treatment.