STREET PHYSIOTHERAPY
AND
SPORTS INJURIES
PRACTICE

STREET PHYSIOTHERAPY
AND
SPORTS INJURIES
PRACTICE
 BLADDER CONTROL 

Bladder Control

Many people, both men and women, suffer from bladder control problems. The control of our bladders is by a group of muscles called the "pelvic floor" muscles.

It is thought that up to 30% of women are not able to isolate and use their pelvic floor muscles adequately.

During our lives there are many factors that can affect these muscles leading to "stress" incontinence-this means that when you cough, sneeze, run or jump you may leak.

One can also suffer from "urge" incontinence which is a sudden need to rush to the loo (key in the door symptoms!) Some people suffer from both.

Factors that lead to stress incontinence:

  • Pregnancy and childbearing puts a lot of downward pressure on the muscles of the pelvic floor.
     
  • Hormones, such as a fall in oestrogen during menopause, cause muscles to loose tone.
     
  • Repeated episodes of cystitis.
     
  • Constipation and being overweight puts more pressure on our pelvic floor.
     

Specific exercises can be taught by a physiotherapist to help you isolate these muscles effectively, and set you up with a graduated programme that over a period of months can help make a difference. These exercises usually need to be done for life to be effective.