#ChoosePhysio for bladder health
Each year, on 8 September, we celebrate World Physiotherapy Day—a global event recognising the incredible role physiotherapists play in the community and the relationships they have with their patients.
Physiotherapists are health professionals who have a key role in helping people with long-term conditions achieve their goals, fulfil their potential and participate fully in society. They work with people to maximise movement and functional ability.
There are many different types of problems women can have with their bladder or other pelvic organs. Poor bladder control, any kind of pelvic pain, and pelvic organ prolapse are the most common problems in this area. Pelvic floor muscles may play an important part in treatment.
Non-surgical Treatments for Female Urinary Incontinence Pelvic floor muscle training is used to strengthen the group of muscles and ligaments that support the urethra, bladder, uterus and lower bowel. The pelvic floor muscles also help to control bladder function such as allowing you to ‘hold on’ until an appropriate time and place. It is recommended that all women exercise their pelvic floor muscles regularly throughout life, to prevent or correct weakness. Exercising weak muscles regularly over a period 4 to 5 months can strengthen them and make them work effectively again. Many women experience an improvement in stress incontinence with pelvic floor muscle training under the supervision of a physiotherapist or nurse with expertise in managing female incontinence. Pelvic floor muscle training can be used in conjunction with bladder retraining in the management of women with urge incontinence.
Credit: Dr Marcus Carey
What Does Urogynaecology Provide? A multidisciplinary approach to care. Clinical and investigative assessment of Pelvic Floor Dynsfuntion (PFD) Non-surgical (e.g. physiotherapy, medications) and surgical treatments for PFD. Involvement in important clinical research. Teaching and training for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
For more information, visit: https://choose.physio/your-lifestage/ageing-well/bowel-and-bladder-health