Bladder Training Helps Urinary Incontinence

Contributed by: Stacey Clarke, Pelvic Health Physical Therapist (DPT)

BladderUrinary incontinence (UI) – loss of bladder control or involuntary urination – affects millions of women every day. This frustrating and embarrassing problem ranges in severity from occasional leakage when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate so suddenly that you don’t have time to make it to the toilet.

Some women commonly associate UI with becoming older but that’s not always the case. Up to 57% of women ages 40 to 60 experience UI symptoms while 75 percent of women experience symptoms beginning at age 75. Whether the UI is caused by coughing, laughing or just happens for no reason, women don’t have to suffer alone. Your doctor, whether a urologist or primary care provider, will help determine the best treatment course which may include physical therapy with a Pelvic Health Physical Therapist.

At the Women’s Center we have a special program that focuses on urinary incontinence and other pelvic health related conditions. Our program offers innovative treatments and therapies, helping women regain their well-being and once again enjoy active, satisfying lives.

As part of our Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy, our therapist teaches women exercises beyond the traditional “Kegel” that will help train their pelvic floor muscles and bladder to stop the bladder leakage. The American College of Physicians (ACP) highly recommends women with stress UI focus on pelvic floor muscle training and Kegel exercises. Both strengthen pelvic muscles, which play a key role in preventing leaking. Pelvic floor physical therapy has been shown to be the best first line treatment for UI and yields greater reduction in UI than performing Kegels independently without guidance of a pelvic floor physical therapist.

To begin receiving relief, talk to your doctor about pelvic floor physical therapy. The sooner treatment is underway, the sooner you regain control of your life.

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