Physical Therapy for Incontinence

Do you have difficulty with control of your bladder when you cough or sneeze? Does walking or running cause your bladder to leak? Do you feel you can barely make it to the bathroom on time? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. Up to 20 million individuals struggle with incontinence. Incontinence is not a disease nor is it part of the normal aging process; rather is simply a symptom of an underlying condition. The good news is many people are helped through non-surgical conservative interventions.

People develop incontinence for many reasons including: pregnancy, menopause, prostate problems, and surgery. Incontinence may also be associated with many medical conditions including diabetes, stroke, and multiple sclerosis.

Common Types of Incontinence Include:

  • Stress Incontinence: When a small amount of urine is released with activities such as coughing, sneezing, walking or running.
  • Urge Incontinence: Urine is released because the urge to urinate comes suddenly and it is not possible to reach the bathroom in time.
  • Mixed Incontinence: A combination of urge and stress incontinence.
  • Fecal Incontinence: Poor rectal sensation or control resulting in loss of stool.

 

What can physical therapy do for you?

Saunders Therapy Centers offers specialty physical therapy to help people of all genders with incontinence. Our program incorporates simple, effective exercises which strengthen and restore balance to the neuromuscular system that supports the pelvic and/or prostate organs. In addition to exercise, biofeedback is sometimes used to help teach you the correct way to exercise the muscles of continence. This multi-faceted approach, along with behavior modification, typically yields significant improvement in 3-8 weeks for 80% of those seeking treatment, depending on severity. Our goal is to help you within 3-6 visits.

PT for Women’s Pelvic Health

Are you struggling with a leaky bladder, bloating, painful intercourse, or other pain in the abdomen or pelvis? Many people don’t realize that physical therapy treatment is an option. The pelvic floor has many muscles and tendons, and is an integral part of the musculoskeletal system. It provides vital support to your organs, back and hips. Too often, issues here go unrecognized during a traditional pelvic exam. Pelvic floor physical therapy involves a specialized evaluation that assesses the presence of internal muscle spasms, trigger points, or weakness. Pelvic floor treatment often achieves a major improvement in quality of life. At Saunders Therapy Centers, we have women’s pelvic health physical therapists who can help.

A variety of pelvic health issues for women are treated at Saunders Therapy Centers including:

  • Pain during and after pregnancy
  • Post-partum pain and dysfunction
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Urinary incontinence, urgency or frequency
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Low and mid- back pain
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain
  • Sciatica (leg pain)
  • Pain with penetration or intercourse
  • Painful scars or adhesions
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Prolapse
  • Coccyx (tailbone) pain
  • Vestibulitis
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Pain from endometriosis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sexual health

 

PT for Men’s Pelvic Health

Have you had prostate surgery or find incontinence or pelvic pain affecting your sexual health, physical or mental health, or ability to work effectively? Many people don’t realize that physical therapy treatment is an option. Pelvic floor disorders are common in men and too often go unrecognized during the evaluation of pelvic pain syndromes. Proper evaluation facilitates the diagnosis of spasm or trigger points, and physical therapy often achieves a major improvement in quality of life. At Saunders Therapy Centers, we have specially trained men’s pelvic health physical therapists who can help.

A variety of men’s health issues are treated at Saunders Therapy Centers including:

  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction
  • Painful Scars or adhesions
  • Pain Pre- and Post Prostate surgery
  • Pain with Intercourse
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Voiding Dysfunctions
  • Sacroiliac (SI) pain
  • Coccyx (tailbone) pain
  • Abdominal/groin/hip pain
  • Incontinence / Bladder problems
  • Incontinence/ Bowel problems
  • Prostatitis
  • Sexual health 
  • CPPS (Chronic pelvic pain syndrome)

 

Pelvic Pain Conditions Treated

Painful Conditions Related to Pelvic Floor Dysfunction:

  • Low back and mid back pain
  • Sacroiliac (SI) pain
  • Pain with penetration or intercourse
  • Painful scars or adhesions
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Prolapse
  • Coccyx (tailbone) pain
  • Vestibulitis
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Pain during and after pregnancy
  • Pain from endometriosis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sexual health concerns
  • CPPS (Chronic pelvic pain syndrome)
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction