Womens Health

Urinary incontinence:

Urinary incontinence is perhaps the most wide spread, least known affliction of the general population. It affects one in three women globally and up to one in ten men! It can be mild (occasional leakage of small amounts) or severe (daily leakage, wearing pads and avoiding normal activities/sports).

Symptoms can include:

  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Urgency (sudden and uncontrollable desire to go to the toilet)
  • Urge incontinence (leaking before you can get to the toilet)
  • Stress incontinence (leaking associated with activity, change of position, coughing, sneezing)

People are often reluctant to seek help but there is a great deal of help available from specialised women’s health physiotherapists. Some improvement in symptoms is possible for nearly everyone with incontinence. It is most common in women who have had children but it can also affect children, men and women without children.

Physiotherapy treatment involves assessment (you may be asked to complete a bladder diary) and depending on your symptoms, bladder retraining pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation (this takes motivation and patience, and can take weeks to notice improvement) advice and education on normal bladder habit.

Why care about pelvic floor muscle function?
Poor tonic muscle support of the pelvic floor is likely to be a factor in the following conditions:

  • Urinary frequency
  • Urinary urgency
  • Urinary seepage
  • Vaginal prolapse

Inadequate tonic muscle support and strength of the pelvic floor contributes to the following:

  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Urge urinary incontinence
  • Obstructed defaecation due to lack of rectal support

Pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation can help in many of these cases: Conservative management of stress urinary incontinence by rehabilitation of the pelvic floor muscles is advocated as a primary intervention. This approach has no adverse effects and has been shown to be effective in mild-to moderate cases of urine loss.

Why bother with supervised Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises?
In normals (most of whom were Physios) when asked to perform a pelvic floor lift 65 per cent performed the correct procedure but 35 per cent bore down (not good if you’ve got a prolapse or incontinence problem).

Return to Form has an experienced women’s and men’s health physio and have links with Auckland Urologists and Gynaecologists.

Here’s great news for all women and especially you new mums. Now available in New Zealand exclusively through our clinic,  specialised devices to help regain pelvic floor strength.

A few examples are:
The PelvicToner guarantees to make your pelvic floor exercises, much more effective and will help banish the embarrassing symptoms of stress incontinence in just a few weeks. And a stronger pelvic floor can have a dramatic impact on your sex life!

Clinically proven and doctor recommended
The PelvicToner is the only clinically proven pelvic floor exerciser available on GP prescription in the UK – and over 100,000 women can vouch for the benefits. And their partners appreciate it too!

NatraTone targets 3 specific muscles: Lower abdominals, diaphragm and the pelvic floor muscle.  The exercises train these muscles to work together in sequence to become strong  and coordinated.

Smart Balls come in 2 different weights, each suited to a different level of pelvic floor ‘fitness’. Smart Balls Uno and the  Smart Balls Duo.

Like anything, trying something new can be a bit scary. But its good to remember that Pelvic Toner, SmartBalls and NatraTone have been designed by professionals, and tested by 100′s of women including ourselves – and yielded great results.  Every time you use your Toner, Smart Balls or NatraTone – you’re one step closer to eliminating bladder weakness from your life.