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 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.

Comprehensive Pelvic Health Care for All Genders

Jennifer Joslyn DPT working with patient
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, our physical therapists have had special training and they can help.

Everyone has a pelvic floor! We are an inclusive practice and we work with all genders.

Here are some of the many pelvic health issues we can help with at Saunders Therapy Centers:

  • 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
  • Pain during and after pregnancy
  • Post-partum pain and dysfunction
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Prolapse
  • Vulvodynia

  • Coccyx (tailbone) pain
  • Vestibulitis
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Pain from endometriosis
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction
  • Pain Pre- and Post Prostate surgery
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Voiding Dysfunctions
  • Abdominal/groin/hip pain
  • CPPS (Chronic pelvic pain syndrome)
  • Prostatitis
  • Sexual health 

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

What can physical therapy do for you?

Saunders Therapy Centers’ pelvic health specialists are skilled at evaluating the many different causes of your pelvic pain. Our program incorporates simple, effective exercises which strengthen or relax your pelvic floor muscles – this is highly variable and based on what YOUR body needs! Strengthening and restoring balance to the core musculature is often an important aspect to treatment. We also perform manual techniques as needed to restore balance to the neuromuscular system. All of these techniques help support your pelvic structures and return your system to more normal, pain-free function. This multi-faceted approach can be life-changing for many people.