What Is Physiotherapy and What Can We Do For People With Incontinence?
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Incontinence and the Role Of Physiotherapy Singapore
all women, doing regular and consistent exercises of the pelvic floor
muscles is very important as a woman's likelihood of developing
incontinence is very high, and it's a major disruption to life and daily
Urinary incontinence refers to the
loss of urine from the bladder accidentally or involuntarily. Research
shows that up to 60% of women experience urinary incontinence at some
point in their lives.
What Are Some Causes?
of the factors associated with incontinence includes ageing, menopause,
pregnancy, childbirth, childbirth-related pelvic pain, post trauma,
stress, cysts and/or injuries.
People are determined to suffer from incontinence if they have two or more of the symptoms listed below:
- Accidental or involuntary loss of urine or a continuous leakage of urine from the bladder
- Frequent and urge to urinate
- Feeling your bladder is always full or isn’t empty even after you have urinated
- Difficulty urinating even when you have the urge to urinate
- Releases of urine triggered by movement or by coughing, sneezing, or laughing
- The need to get up repeatedly at night to urinate
- A start-and-stop stream during urination
Types of Urinary Incontinence
Primarily there are two main types: stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
Stress Incontinence - this
is most common that affects both men and women. The bladder leaks with
stress-related activities, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or
during activities that places strain on the bladder. This form is due to
weakness of the pelvic floor muscles.
Urge Incontinence - this
involves a strong, urgent need to urinate. Then the bladder will
suddenly contract, causing urine to be expelled involuntarily. This type
can affect both men and women.
Post Pregnancy Incontinence - women
are more at risk of developing urinary incontinence following pregnancy
and childbirth, when their pelvic floor muscles weaken. Most of the
time, the problem will resolve by itself naturally a couple of weeks
following childbirth, but for some women, trauma to the muscles and
nerves of the pelvic floor during childbirth can aggravate the problem
and cause the incontinence to persist for months following childbirth
incontinence following pregnancy and childbirth isn't exactly a
favorite topic to discuss amongs pregnant women and happy husbands, but
it is a very common problem. Because it is usually mild and not so
frequent, people often ignore it, but on some occasions, it can be quite
severe to the point of disruptive to lifestyles and schedules.
What are some treatments that our Singapore Physiotherapy professionals can do for you?
of the time, urinary incontinence can be rather embarrassing and
sensitive, but it need not be so. It's treatable and in most cases it
can be managed successfully with pelvic floor exercises. Our women
physiotherapists will teach you how to do exercises that will strengthen
the pelvic floor muscles (the pelvic floor muscles supports the vagina,
urethra and bowel).
If the muscle strengthening
exercises is not enough, we may need to use electrotherapy and
biofeedback modalities to help activate and stimulate the muscles before
we can strengthen it.
What else can you do in the meantime?
- Avoid and reduce intake of caffeine
- Avoid and reduce intake of alcohol and carbonated drinks as they can irritate your bladder
at least 6 - 8 glasses of water a day. Don't restrict your fluid intake
as that will serve only to avoid the problem and in the long run will
make the pelvic muscles weaker
- Add fibre to your diet if you have trouble with constipation
- If you smoke, quit. Smoking can make you cough and/or wheeze, triggering urine leaks.
- Make sure there’s a clear path to the bathroom. Wear clothes that you can take off easily.
- Use absorbent pads for security, and change them regularly.
- Keep a night light on to help you get to the toilet more easily at night.
you do have incontinence, it is important for you to know that you
should not suffer in silence. If you have this problem, book in for a
patient, considerate and definitely confidential appointment with our
physiotherapist who will examine, assess and treat you the best solution
for your incontinence.
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Areas of specialization
- physiotherapy: back and neck (spine), sports, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle
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Initially, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover. They then provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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