It’s estimated that at least 1 in 3 women have incontinence or urinary leakage. While leakage may be common among women, it should never be considered “normal” or acceptable. In fact, in most cases it is totally curable.
Stress incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine during exertion, such as lifting objects or while sneezing, coughing, or running. This is contributed by weakness of the pelvic floor muscles in addition to the surrounding connective tissue.
Urge incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine associated with the “gotta go” feelings and urges to get to the bathroom immediately. Some describe this with certain activities such as turning the key in their door, pulling their car in the garage, or with the sound of running water.
While the frequent desire to urinate often may seem like a good idea to prevent leakage, going to the bathroom too often during the day will “tell” the bladder not to hold as much urine, giving you the signal to go more often. Incorporating bladder re-training tips, urgency strategies and retraining the pelvic floor muscles to respond better will help control the symptoms and return to normal bathroom habits without the fear of leakage.
Ready to find ways to help with urge incontinence? Check out my blog here on “3 Ways to Train Your Bladder Like A Boss”
When you visit our office for treatment, we will discuss the physical finds of your evaluation and together we will set up a place of care with your personal goals in mind. You are always welcome to bring a second person with you into the examination room and for subsequent treatments. Evaluation and treatment may include:
Postural assessment including ways you exercise or just move your body in general
An internal exam vaginally or rectally to assess for muscle tone, strength, and any pain
Biofeedback to help cue isolation of the pelvic floor muscles or as a tool to help the muscles learn to relax again
We incorporate a “WHOLE BODY APPROACH” when prescribing strengthening exercises. It’s not always about the kegel.
Manual therapy, both internal, and external to address any pain issues
If needed we can do electrical stimulation to help isolate and promote strengthening the pelvic floor muscles. It can also help with urge incontinence.
Education regarding pelvic floor friendly exercises and how to limit excessive intra-abdominal pressure during your favorite exercises
Bladder retraining techniques and urgency strategies to get rid of the “gotta go” feelings
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“Camille is fantastic! After I had my second baby I couldn’t even lift him out of his crib without peeing! I really wanted to get back to bootcamp workouts safely and Camille totally knew how to get me there as quickly as possible. I immediately can tell a difference when I do my exercises regularly. She gave me a great program and listened to all of my concerns and thought of creative and direct ways to address them! Go see her if you have any issues at all!“
“I had a lot of pelvic floor and abdominal issues related to my seven births, and Indy Women PT was a tremendous help in addressing those issues. I now have significantly less bladder leakage, and I am learning to activate muscles that I have not been able to move for over ten years! I’m very pleased with the improvements I’ve made! “
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