Pelvic Floor and Incontinence
If you are experiencing discomfort in your pelvic area or having issues with leakage of urine, Clayton Heights Sports & Therapy Center can help you. We offer individualized treatments in Surrey for pelvic floor and incontinence issues, depending on the needs of each patient. Read in detail below about the conditions and the kind of therapy we offer to rectify it. Call us for more information.
Your pelvic floor consists of tissues and muscles susceptible to irritation, tension, and weakness. This can be caused by factors such as trauma, infection, pregnancy and childbirth, surgery, and hip joint and lower back impairment.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Explained
For both men and women, pelvic floor dysfunction can imply a range of conditions that affects their bladder, bowel, and sexual health. Pelvic health is a type of physiotherapy that deals with addressing these conditions affecting the pelvis. Pelvic health physiotherapists are specialized in assessing and providing treatment for bladder and bowel issues, pelvic pain, and sexual dysfunction.
What to Expect At Your First Session
Your first pelvic floor physiotherapy session will roughly be an hour in duration. It may involve the following:
A detailed discussion about your symptoms, daily activities, medical history, and your goals
Internal Examination – Optional
If necessary, your initial assessment may include an optional, consensual internal vaginal and/or rectal examination that might involve using real-time ultrasound. This exam helps in providing a complete picture of the problem and the pelvic floor functioning. However, this is not mandatory, as we understand that it might be triggering for some of our clients. Alternatives will be suggested by your physiotherapist if you are not comfortable to have an internal exam.
Post the examination and initial assessments, your physiotherapist will discuss the findings and an appropriate treatment plan with you based on your goals.
Treatment and Follow-up Sessions
Depending on what you and your physiotherapist decide as appropriate, the follow-up sessions may be of 30-60 minutes in duration. Like other types of physiotherapy, we use manual (hands-on therapy), modalities such as acupuncture and dry needling, exercise, and education to help reduce symptoms, relieve pain, and improve function. Our therapy offers to improve strength and flexibility and reduce inconvenience.
A hollow muscular organ that collects urine is called the bladder. Through urethra, a narrow tube-like structure extends from the bladder, to carry the urine outside of the body. The bladder simply has two functions – it either stores or empties urine. When urine escapes during the store phase, it is called a leak.
The ability to control your bladder is known as continence. Incontinence is the condition of involuntary or unwanted leakage of urine. It is considered as a symptom of a physical or neurological problem and is not a natural part of ageing. Men and women, both might become incontinent at any age.
General symptoms include:
Urine leakage while sneezing, running, exercising, laughing or coughing (Stress-induced Incontinence)
Trouble getting to the bathroom on time (Urgency)
Frequent need to urinate
Causes of Incontinence
Urine leakage can have many causes. The most common types of bladder incontinence are stress and urge. Many patients can have more than one type of incontinence at the same time.
Actions such as walking, running, coughing, and sneezing can increase the pressure within the abdomen and squeezes the bladder. When this pressure is greater than the closure pressure of sphincters sealing the urethra, urine is forced out of the body. This creates the condition of stress urinary incontinence where leakage occurs. Pelvic floor muscle exercises can help in stopping leakage.
When you have a sudden and strong need to empty the bladder, it is called urgency. Urgency, when associated with urine leakage, is called urge incontinence. An overactive contraction of the bladder muscle causes the strong urge. Top contributors to an overactive bladder include:
Small bladder capacity
High intake of caffeine
Clayton Heights Sports & Therapy Center can help you learn how to strengthen and contract your pelvic floor muscles and control incontinence. Treatment varies depending on the problem, and it can help suppress the urges, strengthen pelvic floor muscles, and increase bladder capacity and amount of time between emptying the bladder. Medication can also help the bladder to be less active.