At Grosvenor Physiotherapy Clinic we have specially trained physiotherapists in women’s health who can assess you to find the underlying cause to your problem. Exercises to strengthen your core and your pelvic floor and retraining your bladder can prevent or delay the need for surgery, putting you back in control in no time at all.
Bladder or bowel control problems are common for men and women of all ages. Rushing to the toilet or ‘leaking’ when you cough, laugh or exercise is often caused by weak pelvic floor muscles.
Stress Urinary Incontinence
Involuntaryleakage may happen when laughing, sneezing or during exercise. The pelvic floor muscles may have weakened due to child birth, surgery or menopause. It is estimated that 1 in 3 women have bladder control problems.
A sudden urgent need to urinate immediately, due to a sudden involuntary contraction of the muscular wall of the bladder. Urinary incontinence is a fairly common problem. It affects an estimated 20% of people over 40 years old. Incontinence can often be treated without drugs or surgery through exercises that improve the strength of your pelvic floor muscles.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
This happens when muscles and ligaments supporting the pelvic organs weaken resulting in the uterus to partially slip into the vagina. Physiotherapy also helps with the symptoms of prolapse and pelvic pain by teaching pelvic floor control and increasing the strength of the pelvic floor muscles.
This is particularly helpful for those who wish to avoid or delay surgery for prolapse – for example to have another child. A short course of physiotherapy to learn pelvic floor and core stability post childbirth is an investment in your future health and wellbeing. It will help prevent stress and urge incontinence and will improve your posture and reduce the strain on your back at a time when your life involves lifting and carrying small children.
How can physiotherapy help?
One of the main causes of incontinence in both men and women is weak pelvic floor muscles. If your incontinence is due to a weak pelvic floor, try physiotherapy first to strengthen these muscles before considering an operation. Physiotherapy can help with both bladder and bowel incontinence.
Research has shown that pelvic floor muscle training is cheaper and more effective than one of the main incontinence drugs. Other research compared non-surgical treatments. This found that intensive pelvic floor muscle training, plus lifestyle changes, was the most effective method for treating urinary and bowel incontinence.
- teach you how to use your pelvic floor muscles correctly
- show you exercises to strengthen them
- look at how your diet may be affecting your bowel control
- give you advice on what and how much to drink
- discuss possible lifestyle changes which will help you manage the problem
We can help you overcome these conditions, enabling you to regain your confidence. A visit to our discreet clinic can help you significantly improve these conditions. Please call us to discuss how we can help you.
How can I help myself?
The best way to help yourself is to make your pelvic floor muscles stronger by exercising them. Speak to our physiotherapists to learn some simple exercises which will help. Drinking plenty of water, eating a healthy diet and avoiding too much alcohol and caffeine will also help. This will all help your bladder and bowels work properly.
Top tips to help prevent incontinence
- Speak to our physiotherapists to learn simple exercises which will strengthen your pelvic floor
- Try to prepare for coughing, sneezing or any exertion by tightening your pelvic floor muscles first
- When you finish using the toilet, lift your pelvic floor to empty the bladder fully
- Try to drink 1.5 litres (3 pints) of fluid per day
- Don’t drink too much alcohol as it can make you pass water more frequently
- Avoid too much tea or coffee, as caffeine can affect how the bladder works
- Eat a healthy diet to avoid constipation - straining to empty the bowel will weaken the pelvic floor muscles