What is incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. In other words, you canít always control when you urinate. This can range from leaking a small amount of urine (when laughing or coughing) to having strong urges to urinate that can be difficult to control.
Incontinence effects 13 million Americans each day. It is most common in people over 50 years old, especially women. However, it can effect younger people, such as women who have just given birth.
Having your incontinence treated is a must because you're at risk for getting rashes, sores, skin infections, and urinary tract infections.
Is incontinence part of growing older?
Changes in age can reduce how much urine your bladder can hold, but no, this is not part of the aging process. Aging can, however, make your stream of urine weaker and cause you to feel the urge to urinate more often. With treatment, urinary incontinence can be controlled.
What causes incontinence?
Urinary incontinence can be caused by many different medical problems. Some are:
Different types of incontinence
How can incontinence sufferers benefit from physical therapy?
There are different exercises your therapist can teach that will help control your incontinence, including:
Kegel Exercises help strengthen the muscles that control the bladder and can be done anywhere, anytime. Typically, they are reserved for women, but the exercises can also help men.
Bladder Training trains your bladder to hold urine and only release at set time intervals.
Aquamed Dry Hydrotherapy
ATM (Acute Therapeutic Movement)
Integrative Dry Needling