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Incontinence

What is Incontinence?

It is a term that describes any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder (urinary incontinence) or faeces from the bowel (faecal or bowel incontinence).

If you answer ‘yes’ to these questions, then you may have a bladder and/or bowel problem

  • Do you sometimes feel you have not completely emptied your bladder?
  • Do you have to rush to use the toilet?
  • Are you frequently nervous because you think you might lose control of your bladder or bowel?
  • Do you wake up twice or more during the night to go to the toilet?
  • Do you sometimes leak before you get to the toilet?
  • Do you sometimes leak when you lift something heavy, sneeze, cough or laugh?
  • Do you sometimes leak when you exercise or play sport?
  • Do you sometimes leak when you change from a seated or lying position to a standing position?
  • Do you strain to empty to bowel?
  • Do you sometimes soil your underwear?
  • Do you plan your daily routine around where the nearest toilet is?

Can physiotherapy help people with incontinence?

Yes. Physiotherapy is one of the best and most effective treatments for bladder and bowel problems (incontinence). Not only is it a low-risk solution, your physiotherapist can help you retrain your bladder and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles to help resolve the problem.

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