Can you laugh without leaking?? This simple, seemingly silly question is the tagline for the 2018 World Continence week. And it’s no laughing matter.
This year, World Continence Week runs from the 18th to the 24th of June with events across the country. Incontinence is defined as any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder (urinary incontinence) or bowel motion, faeces or wind from the bowel (faecal or bowel incontinence). Overactivity of the bladder (another type of muscle), can also lead to urge urinary incontinence. Over 4.8 million Australians have bladder or bowel control problems for a variety of reasons. Incontinence can be treated and managed, and in many cases, it can also be cured.
This week highlights the important role of Physiotherapists in managing this common condition. Pelvic floor muscles are key to maintaining continence and as muscle and exercise experts specially trained Physiotherapists ideally suited to help.
At Pelvic Health Melbourne, our Physiotherapists have all accessed additional post-graduate education and training enabling them to assess and manage dysfunction in these muscles in both Men and Women. We can play an active role in the prevention, treatment and management of incontinence, before and after diagnosis.
Can we help you or someone you care about?:
* Pre and post pregnancy is often the first time many women think about their pelvic floor. This is a time when a healthy pelvic floor is so important, and our physiotherapists play a huge role in the education and exercise to prevent complications and aid in recovery post birth.
* People with a history of constipation or chronic respiratory problems can be more at risk of incontinence. GPs often refer patients to Physiotherapists for early assessment.
* We see many children who are experiencing incontinence symptoms, whether through illness, development of bad habits or fear of toileting.
* Pre and post gynaecological surgery or men pre and post-prostate surgery and
* Anyone who is just not sure if they are looking after their pelvic floor correctly.
After a thorough assessment, your Pelvic Health Melbourne Physiotherapist may include:
- Pelvic floor muscle training,
- Bladder retraining,
- Timed visits to the toilet,
- Toilet positioning to improve symptoms of incontinence.
In an ideal world, we would all be made aware of the importance of our pelvic floor and good toileting habits when we are still school aged. The word is getting out, and more people are talking about how they have prevented or overcome incontinence with the right care – through working with Physiotherapists, GPs, Gynaecologist, Urologist and Dieticians.
Incontinence is not something that people need to put up with. It is not something that we should keep quiet about, and it is not something that only happens to your grandmother. Don’t be afraid of having a laugh, sneezing in public or jumping in a puddle with your kids.
At Pelvic Health Melbourne we play an active role in the management and prevention of incontinence.