Did you know that female incontinence is a common issue that affects 1 in 3 women? Incontinence can occur due to prolonged underuse or overuse of pelvic floor muscles, causing weakness.
Suffering from incontinence? Physiotherapy can help! Book an appointment with Prohealth In Touch Physiotherapy!
Established in 2005, the clinic boasts a team of internationally-trained physiotherapists and empowers patients to achieve their rehabilitation goals. The clinic also specialises in women’s health, including pre- and post-natal physiotherapy, treating pelvic instability, osteitis pubis, back pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, sciatica, and diastasis.
We speak to Kate McCormack, a women’s health physiotherapist at Prohealth In Touch Physiotherapy Clinic, about different types of female incontinence and how to treat it.
Kate is experienced in treating postnatal injuries, including post-labor tears and haematomas, episiotomies, pain, and tight pelvic floor muscles. She can also assess and treat incontinence resulting from stress on the pelvic floor, overactive bladder and prolapse. Kate provides a thorough assessment with treatments including manual techniques, education and additional devices to strengthen the pelvic floor.
Incontinence can have many stages, from leakage of small volumes, to the inability to pass urine or stools from the body. It's important to identify the category that you fall into.
Types of incontinence include stress incontinence, or urine leaks when there is increased pressure on the bladder caused by excessive coughing, sneezing, laughing, running, jumping, and lifting heavy objects.
Urge incontinence is the inability to control the bladder, such as going to the toilet too frequently when the bladder isn’t full or holding it in for a prolonged period.
Mixed incontinence, meanwhile, is a mixture of both stress and urge continence.
There is also incontinence due to prolapse. A bladder prolapse may cause incontinence or difficulty in passing urine or motion fully. It usually occurs when there is weakness in the vaginal walls and cervix.
If you think you’re suffering from incontinence, don’t worry – there are different ways to address it. Seek help from a professional like Kate, who will propose an individualised treatment plan depending on your diagnosis and lifestyle.
You'll also be given advice on how to adjust your dietary habits and posture, and an exercise program tailored to address your specific problem.