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Physical Therapy for Incontinence

How can physical therapy treat urinary incontinence?

Because many symptoms of urinary incontinence are caused by pelvic floor muscle weakness and dysfunction, a specially-trained women’s health physical therapist is the ideal provider to help you gain control over your symptoms. (Many treat men with urinary incontinence as well). Physical therapists use their specialized medical training to completely evaluate and design a treatment program that is individualized for each patient.

Physical therapy can:

  • Give you control over your life and your bladder
  • Save money and embarrassment by allowing less use of pads and undergarments
  • Reduce use of medications for incontinence
  • Possibly prevent the need for surgery

Physical therapy treatment may include:

  • Education on diet and nutrition to avoid food and drinks that may irritate the bladder
  • Advice on how to change behaviors that make symptoms worse
  • Techniques to help you find the right muscles and learn to use them correctly
  • Pelvic floor exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles
  • Exercises to stretch and strengthen other important muscles
  • Ways to decrease urinary urge and frequency
  • Biofeedback that shows you how your muscles are working
  • Electrical stimulation to improve awareness and strength of the muscles

For more information: (402) 727-3329