Incontinence and Prolapse

What is Incontinence?

 

Incontinence is any involuntary loss of urine, wind or stool.   It is often related to weak or poor use of the pelvic floor muscles (Kegel muscles).  Urinary incontinence may also be due to an overactive bladder. 

What is prolapse?

 

Prolapse is the descent of one or more of the pelvic organs eg. the bladder, uterus or bowel.   This may or may not result in some incontinence.

 

These conditions are more common in women than men, however both may be affected.

Causes include pregnancy, childbirth, long term back pain, abdominal or pelvic surgery, repetitive heavy lifting including weight training, chronic constipation, chronic breathing problems and long term poor posture.

 

What can be done?

  • Learn where the pelvic floor muscles are and how to use them
  • Abdominal ultrasound is a non-invasive way to visualize these muscles and help you contract them. This is called “Biofeedback”
  • Bladder training will help to control frequency and urgency symptoms
  • Specific exercises will help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles
  • Education on how to use these muscles in your daily activities including exercise or gym programs
  • Advice on preventing further weakness of these muscles
  • Posture correction