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Incontinence Treatment

Do you have:
– Involuntary loss of urine from the bladder – this is known as urinary incontinence
– Involuntary loss of faeces or flatus (wind) from the bowel – this is known as faecal incontinence

Incontinence is often related to dysfunctional pelvic floor muscles. This may be due to:
– Pregnancy (pre and post-natal)
– Menopause
– Obesity
– Urinary Tract Infections
– Chronic Constipation or diarrhoea
– Surgery (eg. hysterectomy)
– Respiratory conditions
– Diabetes
– Neurological disorder

Stress Urinary Incontinence is the leakage of small amounts of urine during activities which increase the intra-abdominal pressure. These include laughing, coughing, sneezing, lifting and bending. It occurs due to weakening of the pelvic floor muscles meaning they are unable to maintain closure of the urethral sphincter during activities that put pressure on the bladder.

Urge Urinary Incontinence is the leakage of urine associated with ‘urgency’ (a strong and sudden need to pass urine).
People with ‘urgency’ often go to the toilet frequently even when the bladder isn’t full, in order to avoid leaking while rushing to the bathroom.

Symptoms can occur with age or be linked with certain health conditions which affect a person’s ability to store urine. Urgency can also worsen with bladder irritants such as tea, coffee, carbonated drinks and alcohol.

There are many treatment options for incontinence, and an individualised approach is vital.

Treatments may include:
– Specific Pelvic Floor exercise
– Bladder Retraining
– Urge Suppression exercise
– Constipation management
– Weight loss and general exercise

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Lucy Thomas – PhysiotherapistLucy Thomas - Physiotherapist

B.Sc.Physiotherapy (Hons)

Lucy graduated from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2009 and specialised in private musculoskeletal physiotherapy immediately. She has extensive experience in treating a range of injuries including sports, work-related, post-surgery and chronic degenerative conditions. She has been part of the medical team at the London Marathon, international athletics competitions and national university athletics championships.

Lucy has also worked closely with GPs in the UK, providing musculoskeletal based education and training as part of their professional development programmes.

Lucy emigrated to Australia in 2015 and has worked with Physio Professionals since. Since having her two daughters she has developed an interest in Women’s Health Physiotherapy and is passionate about helping women throughout the life span.

Lucy developed an interest in physiotherapy through being an athlete and suffering numerous injuries herself. She has represented England in Athletics and was British Universities steeplechase champion. These days, Lucy competes in local triathlons and loves the Sunshine Coast outdoor lifestyle.

Lucy’s interest areas are: Women’s Health Physiotherapy, Pelvic Floor dysfunction and Pre/Post Pregnancy Physiotherapy, Neck and Back Injuries, Sporting injuries, Biomechanical lower limb conditions (Knee, Foot and Ankle).

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Emily Parker – PhysiotherapistEmily Parker - Physiotherapist

BSc Physiotherapy (Hons)

Emily graduated from King’s College London (UK) in 2014, and recently emigrated to Australia from London. She started her career working in the UK public health care system before moving into private practice.  She has experience in treating a diverse population, including pre- and post-operative, sporting, acute and chronic conditions, and takes a patient-orientated and individualised approach to achieve goals and prevent reinjury. She has a special interest in Women’s Health Physiotherapy and is passionate about improving quality of life for women throughout their lifespan.

When Emily isn’t working, she is a keen yogi and swimmer and has completed two ski seasons in Japan. However, she has now swapped snow for sand and is currently getting stuck into the outdoor lifestyle on the Sunshine Coast, learning how to surf.

Emily’s interest areas include pre/ post pregnancy physiotherapy, pelvic health, Pilates, lower limb injuries, as well as general musculoskeletal conditions.

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