If you have a sudden need to urinate – and you involuntarily leak wherever and whenever – you may have urge incontinence. The condition isn’t a disease, but it may be a sign that there is an underlying problem. While urge incontinence is sometimes referred to as “overactive bladder,” that condition is slightly different. People with an overactive bladder feel an urge to urinate, but don’t necessarily leak urine.
Causes of Urge Incontinence
Urge incontinence is caused by abnormal bladder contractions. Normally, strong muscles called sphincters control the flow of urine from the bladder. With urge incontinence, the muscles of an “overactive” bladder contract with enough force to overridethe sphincter muscles of the urethra, which is the tube that takes urine out of the body.
Treatments to Improve Pelvic-Floor Muscle Function
Your physical therapist will teach you how to “find” (sense the movement of) your pelvic-floor muscles by tensing and releasing them. The physical therapist will design an exercise program based on your condition to help you improve your pelvic-floor muscle function so you can better control your bladder
Your treatments may include:
To learn more contact St. Francis Physical Therapy at 763-753-8804. Have a Happy New Year!
Kaitlyn Grell, LPTA
Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant
Physical Therapy Consultants, Inc.
PTC_therapy December 27th, 2018
Posted In: General
Tags: incontinence, over-active bladder, physical therapy
Calling all women!! It is time to have an open and honest conversation. So who is ready to open up the dialogue and start talking about life after pregnancy?
Having a baby is one of the many blessings we, as women, get to experience. But, that does not come without sacrifice and change. The change we are going to talk about today is embarrassing, and something many women go through privately.
But what if… just what if we stop hiding behind closed doors and bring to the forefront the mere fact that many of us pee our pants.
Yep, I said it. WE PEE OUR PANTS!
Now of course this bladder debacle is not purposeful. We don’t intentionally pee ourselves. It is actually a condition called Stress Incontinence and it is very common with women, especially postpartum women. BUT we have to know that just because this is common, does not mean it is normal. In fact, many of us joke about that fact that we laugh, cough or sneeze and end up peeing but let’s be honest, that joke is merely a tool used to hide embarrassment and convince ourselves that this is how we have to live the rest of our lives.
What if you had an opportunity to STOP accidentally peeing your pants when you exercise, laugh, cough and sneeze? Would you take it?
Before we talk about how we can improve our quality of life by treating Stress Incontinence, we first have to understand Stress Incontinence. Stress Incontinence occurs when we place “stress” on our bladder from physical activity or movement. It occurs when the muscles that surround or support your bladder become weak. Weakness of the bladder’s support system or “pelvic floor muscles” can occur for a variety of reasons one of which is childbirth.
We already have enough going on with a new baby that thinking of ourselves is one of the last things on the agenda. And many us will talk with our friends who experience the same obnoxious leakage that we do, so we settle in knowing that because others experience similar issues that we do we just have to deal with the fact that we now pee our pants.
Let’s stop settling for the abnormal and start advocating for a better quality of life. What would It mean to you to be able to jump on a trampoline with your kids, or cough without crossing your legs?
If you said that it would be the difference in you doing what you WANT to do versus settling for sitting on the sidelines then you should seek the expert advice of a physical therapist.
YES… I said PHYSICAL THERAPIST!!
A Physical Therapist that has specialized training in pelvic pain and incontinence can help YOU have dry pants in as few at 4-5 visits, especially if your kids are still kids!
YEP! I said relief in as few as 4-5 visits!! Sign me up!
Let’s stop taking something that is common and allowing it to become “normal” when we have resources to solve the problem and live a better life.
Reach out to Dr. Lindsey Johnson, Physical Therapist and Pelvic Floor Specialist at St. Francis Physical Therapy for more questions or a private free phone consultation. Call (763) 753-8804 or click the Consultation tab at the top of our website www.physicaltherapyptc.com.
Jackie Giese, LPTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Community Outreach Coordinator
Physical Therapy Consultants
PTC_therapy November 14th, 2018
Posted In: General
Tags: incontinence, pelvic floor, pelvic pain, physical therapy, postpartum