There are different types of urinary incontinence. You can have stress incontinence, urge incontinence, and overflow incontinence to name a few.
There are many different causes for urinary incontinence in women. It can occur during and after pregnancy, in women with strong core muscles, women with low back pain and often occurs as women age. If you find yourself with urinary incontinence after a trauma, you should seek immediate medical attention to rule out any underlying neurological dysfunctions, such as cauda equina syndrome. Often it is a result of weakening pelvic floor muscles and structural dysfunctions such as joint alignment problems or scar tissue adhered to the bladder.
Physical therapy can help urinary incontinence in several different ways. Often, there is a structural dysfunction that has changed the pelvic floor muscle’s ability to contract effectively. This can be misalignments of the coccyx, sacrum, pubic ramus, ileums, and/or scar tissue within the abdominal contents. We can assess and treat these dysfunctions and follow it up with appropriate strengthening exercises. The exercises are targeted to activate your deep core muscles that are usually ignored with traditional abdominal exercises. We here at EHS are always assessing your posture as well and will most likely make corrections to ensure you have the most efficient posture that will continue and aid in your healing process.
Every course of treatment begins with an evaluation. This is the time we discuss your past medical history, current symptoms, and your goals for treatment. Your therapist will then look at your posture, assess your pelvic structures mentioned earlier, and assess your strength. From this information, a plan of treatment will be formulated. Manual therapy is a relationship between the therapist and the patient. The therapist will clear up any structural dysfunctions, start the strengthening process, and educate you on proper posture. It is the patients’ responsibility to make the necessary postural adjustments in their everyday life and to perform the home exercise program as prescribed by their therapist.
Your therapist will give you things to focus on in your day to day activities. You need to be aware of proper posturing and avoiding motions, identified by your therapist, which can be counterproductive to the course of treatment. Your therapist will also provide an appropriately prescribed home exercise program for you to perform at home.
Founded in 2004, Elite Health Services, with locations in Old Greenwich, CT, is a world-class provider of certified Functional Manual Therapy™, personal training, pilates and running services. Elite Health Services has already helped thousands of your colleagues, friends and neighbors throughout Lower Fairfield County.
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