Bladder incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine. It is not a disease, but a symptom of a physical or neurological problem. It is estimated that up to 25% of adults have urinary incontinence and that women are affected twice as often as men. Although the chance of becoming incontinent increases with age, it happens to people of all ages and is NOT a natural part of aging.
Symptoms can include:
- Leaking urine or stool when you sneeze, run, exercise, laugh, cough… (Stress Incontinence)
- Problems getting to the bathroom in time (urgency)
- Frequent need to urinate
Treatment varies depending on the problem. At Dayan Physiotherapy, we use both Real Time Ultrasound and Biofeedback to help you learn how to contract and strengthen your pelvic floor (Kegels). Research shows that up to 75% of women, based on verbal and written instruction alone, are doing Kegels (contracting their pelvic floor) incorrectly. We do not have the research for men, but our clinical experience shows it to be about the same. We also help you learn behavioural changes involving diet and toileting patterns, and prescribe the use of internal assistive devices (pessaries) to help you regain control of your bladder.