Bladder and Incontinence concerns are not restricted to new mothers, post-menopausal women or even just to women. Young athletes and men and women of all ages can be affected. In fact, urinary incontinence has recently been identified by the World Health Organisation as a major health issue in developed and developing nations.
- 17% of adult NZ women have bothersome urinary incontinence. The prevalence is even higher in adult Maori women at 47%
- Urinary incontinence affects up to 13% of Australian men and up to 37% of Australian women (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report, 2006)
- 70% of people with urinary leakage do not seek advice for their problem (Millard, 1998: The prevalence of urinary incontinence in Australia; Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal)
Because Urinary Incontinence is seen to be so common, many people believe it is something they “just have to put up with”. This Checklist from Continence NZ may help you determine if your symptoms are “normal”
A healthy bladder...
- Doesn’t leak, tells you when it’s full and gives you time to get to the toilet
- Can hold up to 400 – 600 mL of urine
- Empties 4-8 times a day
- May wake you up once a night to go to the toilet (or twice if you are older)
- Completely empties each time
An Unhealthy Bladder....
- Leaks urine with coughing/sneezing./lifting
- Empties more than 8 times per day
- Can only hold 300 mL of urine or less
- Has you up more than twice per night
- Does not feel completely empty after passing urine
- Burns or stings when passing urine
- The urge is so strong you can’t get to the toilet in time
How Can Pelvic Physiotherapy Help?
Bladder and Incontinence concerns are not something you need to accept or “put up with”. Nor is it always as simple as needing to perform more pelvic floor exercises. Pelvic Health Physiotherapists can work with you to help discover the root cause of your symptoms and help devise a treatment plan to set you up for success.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapists will consider all possible causes of your symptoms from pelvic floor weakness, pelvic floor tightness (yes, just like other muscles in the body, these muscles can become too tight!), injury secondary to the birthing process and bowel habits.
As trained Physiotherapists, our team can also look to other factors such as pelvic, hip and spine issues, as well as abdominal control and strength that may impact your symptoms. They are also highly experienced at exercise prescription so they can help devise a program to regain your physical fitness and strength – with confidence.
We understand that Bladder and Incontinence Concerns are highly private and personal. We will work together with you to find solutions that will work best for your individual situation.
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