Welcome to the Barefoot Studio health blog, our new regular feature on all things health and wellbeing. This months blog is written by women's health physiotherapist Anna Evans owner of The Salveo Clinic based at Barefoot studio.
The Salveo Clinic focuses on women’s health physiotherapy and specialises in gynaecological problems such as incontinence, prolapse and pelvic pain.
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Urinary incontinence occurs when the normal process of storing and passing urine is disrupted causing involuntary leakage of urine. Some people will experience minor leaks occasionally, while others will wet their clothes. The condition can affect both men and women and can occur at any age. Women can be more susceptible because of childbirth and the menopause.
Incontinence is a subject which many people find difficult to discuss or to seek help for. This may be due to embarrassment or perceived taboos. The onset of continence problems often causes anxiety, loss of self-esteem and confidence and can be isolating as people may avoid socialising and exercise.
Many elderly people believe it is part of the ageing process and that little can be done about it. Admittedly, urinary leakage is very common (up to six million people in the UK are thought to struggle with urinary incontinence) but no matter how little or infrequent, it’s not normal and in fact, about 80% of urinary incontinence can be cured or improved.
Types of Urinary Incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence, which involves bladder leakage with coughing, sneezing, laughing, sudden movements or with exercise.
Urge urinary incontinence, involves suddenly needing to empty your bladder urgently, to avoid leaking urine. For example you may find yourself frantically searching for the nearest toilets wherever you are in case of a toilet emergency.
Mixed urinary incontinence, Often these "types" of incontinence can overlap, with some women experiencing more than one of these bladder control issues.
Overactive bladder is when the bladder muscle contracts without you having active control. The urge can happen suddenly and at any time, regardless of the amount of urine in the bladder. You may be waking up feeling exhausted because your bladder has interrupted your sleep a number of times.
- Leaking urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh or exercise
- Rushing to the toilet with a sudden urge to go
- Leaking urine on the way to the toilet
- Going to the toilet more frequently
- Having your sleep interrupted by the need to empty your bladder
- Feeling like you haven’t completely emptied your bladder
- Having to strain to empty your bladder
- Changes in flow of urine
- Leaking on standing up after emptying your bladder.
- Pain on filling or emptying of your bladder
Possible Causes of Bladder Problems
- Pregnancy and childbirth (either vaginal delivery or emergency C-section)
- Poor pelvic floor muscle strength / function
- Pelvic pain
- Poor fluid intake
- Previous surgery
- Strenuous sports
- Ageing and menopause
How can the Salveo Clinic Help
You don’t have to live with bladder problems or suffer in silence. In most cases (80% of cases), bladder problems can be significantly improved or even cured.
Urinary incontinence is often due to pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. We know that women who find it hard to control their bladder often have weakened pelvic floor muscles and need to strengthen them; physiotherapy can teach you how to effectively strengthen theses muscles.
For some women, it can be the opposite problem. They need learn to relax the pelvic floor muscles, rather than strengthen, as the muscles are overactive and in spasm, contributing to their poor bladder control. Our assessment will tell us which issue you may be struggling with.
Pelvic floor muscle retraining can help you gain control once again over your bladder. Woman of all ages need to have strong and properly functioning pelvic floor muscles and can benefit from pelvic floor muscle retraining.
It is important to know that a lot can be done to cure, treat or manage bladder problems. Current evidence and the NICE guidelines show that you can successfully treat these bladder problems through personalised pelvic health physiotherapy designed and managed by a specifically trained women’s health physiotherapist.
What to Expect
- A thorough assessment to establish your main issues, pelvic floor muscle requirements and treatment plan usually including an internal vaginal examination (with your consent) *
- Design of a personalised pelvic floor muscle exercise program *
- Progression of your exercise program and application of your exercises to daily activities *
- Instruction /advice in improving fluid intake, bladder habits and bladder retraining techniques.
Please be reassured that you don’t have to live with it or suffer in silence. Help is available at The Salveo Clinic. Call Anna now at The Salveo Clinic on 07526 269480 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the The Salveo Clinic website to learn more.