Of the 25 million adult Americans suffering from some form of urinary incontinence, 75-80% of those are women.* While it can be common for women to experience incontinence at some point in their lives, it is NEVER normal.
How can physical therapy help you with incontinence?
Your physical therapist will make an individualized plan based on your specific condition. With your consent to an internal pelvic exam, the therapist can assess the strength of your pelvic floor and check your Kegel technique. It is very common for women to need instruction to properly perform Kegel exercises. You’ll also learn core-strengthening exercises and bladder training as needed. Biofeedback can help you learn proper coordination of the pelvic floor musculature for contraction and relaxation to make your treatment more successful.
Treatment may also include manual therapy techniques such as myofascial release and soft tissue massage for the abdomen, hips, back and thighs, in addition to internal techniques of soft tissue massage and trigger point release of the pelvic floor musculature. Electrical stimulation/TENS, ultrasound and heat/cold therapy are appropriate for some patients who may also be experiencing pain. Therapeutic exercise is incorporated to work on any weakness or muscle imbalances to improve your treatment’s results. The therapist will continually reassess your condition and modify treatment as necessary, depending on your response and tolerance to the treatment.
You will receive a custom maintenance schedule of home exercise and self-help techniques to continue after your therapy sessions end.
Contact us to start addressing your incontinence with therapy. Although no physician referral is needed to see a physical therapist, some insurance companies may require a referral for coverage.