Incontinence is one of the most common health conditions affecting Australians, with approximately 1 in 4 experiencing some form of the condition during their lifetime.
Pregnancy and childbirth are the most common causes of incontinence in women, while for men it often occurs as a result of prostate surgery and associated radiation therapy. Other causes include stroke/other neurological conditions, diabetes or endocrine diseases, menopause, pelvic surgery and general ageing. However, the mentality that incontinence is a ‘normal’ sign of aging or an accepted consequence of child birth can be a barrier to people seeking help. Common does not mean it has to be normal—physiotherapy can help.
There is strong evidence to support pelvic floor muscle training as first line management for incontinence symptoms. Women's and men's pelvic health physiotherapists are available in both the private and public sector and are trained specifically in pelvic healthcare, including continence issues. Specialist physiotherapists will do a thorough assessment, discuss bladder and bowel habits and techniques, and then prescribe a muscle strengthening program to support stronger pelvic floor muscles.
Further information is available at laughwithoutleaking.com.au
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