Before explaining what is incontinence management, please ask yourself these questions:
- When you laugh, sneeze, cough or exercise, do you sometimes leak a small amount of urine?
- Are you ever “caught short” by a sudden, strong urge to pass urine?
- Do you arrange your daily routine around where the nearest toilets will be?
- Do you wake twice or more during the night to go to the toilet?
- Do you experience bowel problems such as soiling, urgency, poor wind control, or difficulty emptying?
- Have you given up enjoyable activities – like walking, aerobics or dancing – because of fear of bladder leakage or loss of bowel control?
If your answer to all or to most of these questions is a “Yes,” then you might be suffering from incontinence. Any unwanted or involuntary leakage of urine is not normal, you can get help.
A primary contributing factor to urinary incontinence is pelvic floor muscle weakness. Our physiotherapist can individually assess your pelvic floor muscle function, give you an individual program, and teach you what lifestyle factors you need to address – including healthy bladder and bowel habit training. It can be interesting to have an assessment done, if you are in any way unsure of whether you are doing your exercises correctly. Many people have difficulty identifying which muscles to exercise. Speak out and get some assistance today. The earlier you seek help, the better.