Pelvic Floor Health

Urinary incontinence is perhaps the most widely experienced, least addressed issue in health and wellbeing. Did you know that almost half of women and many men will experience pelvic floor dysfunction at some time in their lives? 

This can occur as early as your teen years and especially after giving birth or undergoing prostate surgery.  Nearly half (46%) of women will at some point experience incontinence.

It can be mild (occasional leakage of small amounts) or severe (daily leakage, wearing pads and avoiding normal activities/sports).  One thing is for sure, this is not normal.  And, you should not tolerate it!

Symptoms can include: 

  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Urgency (sudden and uncontrollable desire to go to the toilet)
  • Urge incontinence (leaking before you can get to the toilet)
  • Stress incontinence (leaking associated with activity, change of position, laughing, coughing, sneezing, running) 

At Habit Rehabilitation, we have Physiotherapist’s who can work with you to assess and then treat any incontinence issues. It can happen to all ages and all types of general fitness. We can assist by retraining the pelvic floor muscles, reducing pelvic pain and dysfunction, as well as providing information and strategies to control any incontinence and overactive bladder symptoms.

The Physiotherapist will use Real Time Ultrasound (RTUS) to assess your pelvic floor muscles and help you to understand how to facilitate these muscles, as well as provide you with education and a structured plan to help you to manage your incontinence.

When to seek treatment:

  1. Ante-natal:  Suitable for women at the early stage pregnancy (first and second trimesters) this programme will teach good pelvic floor practice and core stability to mitigate problems in this area in later stages of pregnancy and post birth. 
  2. Post-partum (postnatal):  Suitable for all women who have had a child.
  3. Women’s care: Suitable for all women with pelvic floor problems (due to risk factors such as childbirth, gynaecological issues, back/pelvic pain and general lack of knowledge and attention over the years).
  4. Men’s care: Suitable for all men with pelvic floor problems (due to risk factors such as prostate surgery, abdominal surgery, low back pain and general lack of knowledge and attention over the years).