Female Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is an important health issue to many people. It is the inability of your body to retain urine and may affect a person at any age. Men and women may experience incontinence as a secondary factor to many other medical conditions, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, hormonal changes, aging, neurological injury, and pelvic floor overload (constant cough, constipation, more than 6 hours on your feet and obesity). Many women experience urinary incontinence during pregnancy or after child birth as well as at menopause. Trained physiotherapists can provide treatment for stress and urge urinary incontinence. Stress incontinence is the loss of urine with activities such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, walking, running, and jumping. Urge incontinence occurs when you have the urge to urinate, but cannot reach the toilet in time. A physiotherapist will design an exercise program that helps patients find and contract the correct muscles and to learn a training program to strengthen the pelvic muscles that control the retention and release of urine. Treatment also includes nutrition counseling, education concerning lifestyle factors and coping techniques to minimize the effect on your daily activities. Specialized equipment including computer biofeedback and muscle stimulators are used if required.