What a Waste 

World Continence Week June 22-28 2015

Are you living with incontinence? Want to know more about how physiotherapy can help?

You are not alone, click here to read one patient's story.

Active pelvic floor muscles are very important to women throughout life. Poorly controlled muscles can lead to prolapse and loss of bladder or bowel control. Physiotherapists trained in continence management can assess your pelvic floor muscles and, if necessary, help you regain control.

Benefits of pelvic floor control:

  • Active lifestyle without wet or soiled pants.
  • Control of wind (flatus).
  • Firm vagina.
  • A sense of control

You can help yourself by:

  • Drinking two litres of fluid each day.
  • Minimising coffee, tea and cola drinks.
  • Staying within a healthy weight range.
  • Seeking help for a chronic cough which makes your bladder problems worse.
  • Avoiding straining with constipation.
  • Don’t put up with incontinence - it can be cured!

How physiotherapy can help:

Some physiotherapists have special training, skills and experience in continence management. They can help if you have incontinence, constipation or prolapse, or simply want to learn how to use your pelvic floor muscles correctly and safely.
Many women are unable to use their pelvic floor muscles correctly unless they receive individual pelvic floor muscle testing and training - simply trying to tighten the muscles
is not enough. It is also important to learn to use your abdominal muscles correctly while exercising the pelvic floor.             
  • Physiotherapy teaches you how to:
  • Exercise your pelvic floor muscles correctly.
  • Retrain pelvic floor muscles.
  • Regain pelvic floor control while sneezing, coughing, laughing and lifting.
  • Maintain pelvic floor control           


Download these fact sheets to find out more about causes and treatments for incontinence:

Stopping the Leaks

                             Pelvic Floor Health 

Child Birth 


Download the APA Pre-Budget Submission on Medicare support for incontinence treatment.