Incontinence is not exactly a hot topic; it’s personal, sensitive and can even be embarrassing for those who suffer from it. Incontinence is an uncontrolled, involuntary loss of urine or feces. For some it can happen when sneezing, laughing or coughing. For others, it can occur soon after a sudden strong urge to urinate. Urinary incontinence affects 10-13 million men and women. Although its rate of occurrence increases during pregnancy, after childbirth and with the aging population, it is a dysfunction, it is not “normal”, and there are ways to overcome it including visiting a pelvic health physiotherapist.
Kegels are not always the answer. Although Kegels can help strengthen the pelvic floor, they may not be appropriate for everyone who experiences incontinence. Even for those who may benefit from Kegel exercises, many men and women actually perform them incorrectly. A pelvic health physiotherapist can internally and externally assess your pelvic floor to determine whether you need to strengthen or stretch your pelvic floor muscles, change your water consumption or voiding patterns, strengthen your core, etc. in order to reduce or completely eliminate your incontinence.
For more information on how you can address your incontinence, consult a pelvic health physiotherapist.
High Point Wellness Centre is now offering Pelvic Health Physiotherapy services.
By: Edith Tanubrata
MSc.PT, BSc. Kin (Hon)
Physiotherapist – Pelvic Health, Orthopedics