Pelvic Health for Women
What happens when your pelvis gets in the way of enjoying life?
- Stress Urinary Incontinence
- Bladder Urgency and Frequency
- Chronic Pelvic Pain
- Painful Sex
- Bowel Incontinence
Understanding Urinary Incontinence
According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 7 women suffer from stress incontinence.
Urinary Incontinence (Urinary Leakage) is the involuntary loss of urine. Regardless of age, urinary leakage can affect mothers, young women who have never had children, but participate in high impact sports such as running, gymnastics and basketball.
Note: Many women mistakenly believe that limiting fluid intake can cure incontinence.
Urine Loss Occurrences
- Coughing & sneezing when lifting heavy weights in the gym
- When moving from sitting to standing, or quickly walking up steps
- Experiencing urge to urinate and not making it to the bathroom
- Urine leak when coughing, laughing, sneezing or while lifting an object
- Sensation of incompletely emptying one’s bladder once urination is finished
- Bladder Infections, muscle spasms and weak pelvic floor muscles can also cause incontinence.
An appropriate diagnosis from your doctor is the first step. Following that, public health guideline recommends behavioral physical therapy as the first choices for incontinence treatment.
At the Aurora Centre, a physical therapist will conduct an assessment to determine all your pelvic floor issues including the strength of your pelvic floor muscles. Based on the findings, an appropriate treatment will be prescribed for your individual needs.
- Biofeedback Therapy- A useful and non-invasive adjunct to surgery with no side effects.
- Health Education Learning about bladder health, pelvic floor muscles and normal emptying techniques
- Bladder retraining/Behavior modification
- Proper body mechanics & lifting techniques
- Dietary Changes to avoid bladder irritants
- Kegels Exercises Under the supervision of our specially trained physical therapists, you will learn how to perform exercises to effectively and correctly contract and relax your pelvic floor muscles