It is thought that 1 in 3 women will suffer from bladder problems at some point in their life. Pelvic floor physiotherapy has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms for around 80% of women.
What are the symptoms?
There are several types of urinary incontinence, but the most common are:
Stress Urinary Incontinence
Leaking when your bladder is under pressure, such as when you cough, sneeze, jump, laugh, exercise
Urge Urinary Incontinence
Incontinence following a strong desire to reach the toilet or "urgency". "Not getting there on time" .
What causes incontinence?
The causes are varied and depend on the type of incontinence, however certain things can increase your risk:
Ageing and menopause
How can Physiotherapy help?
Specialised physiotherapy is well established as the first line defence against incontinence. This is because pelvic floor dysfunction is often the cause of urinary incontinence. Guidelines recommend physiotherapy with specialised pelvic floor training to be the first treatment for stress, urge and urge incontinence.