Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Urinary incontinence is a largely treatable and preventable condition, affecting up to 37% of Australian women. It can be awkward to speak to a health professional about incontinence however letting us know can help in managing your condition and improving symptoms sooner. Urinary incontinence is not something that you should just live with! We can help!

Incontinence refers to any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder, commonly due to stress or urge incontinence. Stress incontinence can occur due to activities which cause increased intra-abdominal pressure, such as coughing, sneezing, jumping, running, laughing and heavy lifting. Women who have experienced pregnancy, labour, childbirth and menopause are more susceptible to experiencing stress incontinence. On the other hand, urge incontinence refers to an ‘unstable or overactive’ bladder, characterised by a strong, urgent need to urinate. An overactive bladder may appear to feel fuller, with triggers such as hearing running water, opening the front door or washing hands increasing the urge to urinate.

How can BodySmart Health+ help?

The key with incontinence is to first and foremost speak up. A women’s health Exercise Physiologist can assist in strengthening your pelvic floor muscles to help manage incontinence, to allow you to do the activities you want to do without feeling ashamed or embarrassed. We will work closely alongside you to adopt healthier lifestyle habits, to improve bladder control and help you get back to feeling confident in your body.

Contact a Bodysmart Women+ Specialist to discuss how we can best help you