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What is incontinence?

Incontinence occurs when your pelvic muscles are unable to control how you hold or release urine, wind or faeces.

If you have Urinary Incontinence (loss of urine from the bladder) or Faecal Incontinence (an involuntary loss of faeces or flatus (wind) from the bowel), this may be due to:

  • Pregnancy (pre and post-natal)
  • Menopause
  • Obesity
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Chronic Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Surgery (e.g. hysterectomy)
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Neurological disorder

Stress Urinary Incontinence is the leakage of small amounts of urine during activities like laughing, coughing, sneezing, lifting and bending,  which increases intra-abdominal pressure. It occurs due to the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles, meaning they cannot 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, 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.

Incontinence treatments.

An individualised approach to your incontinence treatment is vital.

Physio Professionals treatment options include:

  • Specific Pelvic Floor exercise
  • Bladder Retraining
  • Urge Suppression exercise
  • Constipation management
  • Weight loss and general exercise

Your physiotherapist will discuss the treatment options available to manage your symptoms, and also try to address the cause of the condition.

Physio Professionals are committed to women's health and wellbeing.

Meet our Women’s Health Physiotherapy Team.

Lucy Thomas

Head Of Women's Health - Caloundra
Women's Health Physiotherapy, Pelvic Floor dysfunction and Pre/Post Pregnancy Physiotherapy, Pelvic Pain, Prolapse, Incontinence, Internal Examinations

Angela Alford

Physiotherpist - Buderim
Women's Health, Pre & Post Pregnancy, Incontinence, Prolapse

Georgie Hattingh

Interest Areas: Women's Health, Pre & Post Pregnancy, Incontinence, Prolapse. General musculoskeletal, post abdominal surgery (3+ months)