Good Bowel Habits: Our bowel has a significant affect on our bladder function therefore managing constipation can lead to a decrease in urinary symptoms. Alongside constipation management it is important to use good defecation dynamics to avoid extra strain on the urinary system.
Managing Chronic Respiratory Stress: Respiratory conditions like asthma, COPD and smoking can cause extra stress to the bladder due to the constant rebounding due to coughing, sneezing or impaired breathing. By using preventative measures or managing health conditions you can minimise the pressure you place on your urinary system.
Pelvic Floor Training: Pelvic floor training should be tailored to each individual depending on the reason for the incontinence. Some programs need to focus on pelvic floor strengthening, others need to focus on coordination or even endurance. After a detail subjected and objective assessment, your Women’s Health Physiotherapist can help design you a suitable program to help manage your incontinence.
Medications/Medical Intervention: There are certain medications and medical interventions that can help with urinary incontinence. Talk to your GP about what options would be suitable for you.
What To Do It This Sounds Like You
A thorough assessment of your bowel and bladder is important to determine the best course of management for your symptoms. Early treatment is beneficial to avoid any worsening of symptoms, reduced quality of life, ‘bad’ habit formations and to avoid infections. But it is never too late to start seeking help and improving your symptoms so that your bladder doesn’t run your life.