What is the Incontinence Program?
Urinary Incontinence is the leakage of urine at inappropriate times. There are several types of incontinence, including:
- Leakage that occurs due to weakness in the muscle that helps keep your bladder closed
- Leakage that occurs as soon as you get the urge to go to the bathroom
- Both Stress and Urge Incontinence
- Urine leaks when you cannot get to the bathroom in time
- Your bladder empties frequently throughout the day (more than every 3 or 4 hours during the day) or makes you get up more than once to urinate at night.
Once the physical therapist conducts an evaluation, he/she will individualize treatments to strengthen your pelvic-floor muscles and improve their function.
Your physical therapist can help you:
- Gain control over your symptoms
- Reduce the need for pads and special undergarments, incontinence medications, and possibly surgery.
- Find the right muscles and teach you how to use them correctly. Using pelvic-floor exercises, the therapist will help you strengthen those muscles so that you can better control your bladder.
- Instruct you in exercises to stretch and strengthen other important muscles, so that they can support proper bladder function.
Additionally, a physical therapist can provide information about:
- Diet and nutrition to avoid food and drinks that may irritate the bladder.
- Changing behaviors that may make symptoms worse.
- Ways to decrease urinary urge and frequency.