We now offer specific women’s health assessment and treatments at Global Physiotherapy in Sherwood Park. Women’s health physiotherapy focuses on treating pelvic floor dysfunction, which can result in pain and urinary incontinence.
Jeri Williams has nine years of experience treating patients with pelvic floor dysfunction. She received her training at the Lois Hole Hospital, where she was able to learn from a multidisciplinary team whose primary focus was treating women with pelvic floor dysfunction.
What Is Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is any leakage of urine, no matter how small. Many women experience urinary incontinence, and it can significantly affect lifestyle, resulting in individuals avoiding activities that they once enjoyed.
There are three different types of urinary incontinence:
- Stress Incontinence: The leakage of urine when you cough, sneeze, or perform physical activity.
- Urge Incontinence: The leakage of urine when you experience a strong urge to urinate and are not able to get to the bathroom in time.
- Mixed Incontinence: Is a combination of both stress and urge incontinence.
What Causes Urinary Incontinence?
The causes of urine leakage vary depending on the type of incontinence. Stress incontinence is often due to a lack of muscular or structural support to the bladder and urethra. Damage to the pelvic floor muscles generally occurs from repeated or extreme downward pressure on the pelvic floor, which can occur during childbirth or be a complication from chronic constipation or repeated heavy lifting. Menopause can also increase the risk of urinary incontinence, as tissue changes can occur that can result in decreased support to the pelvic structures.
Urge incontinence often occurs as a result of improper firing of the muscle that surrounds the bladder. This can occur secondary to certain illnesses or can be related to activities. For example, many individuals experience strong urge to go to the washroom when they enter their homes, when they are cold, or when they hear running water.
Is There a Urinary Incontinence Treatment?
Edmonton and area patients can receive urinary incontinence treatment like physiotherapy, diet modification, medication, pessaries (which provide internal vaginal support), and, in some cases, surgery. Physiotherapy treatments to resolve pelvic floor dysfunction are provided by physiotherapists like Jeri Williams who have specific training in the area. Physiotherapy is a useful adjunct to other treatment, as it helps to increase the pelvic floor strength and may prevent the need for more invasive treatments.
What Can I Expect from a Women’s Health Assessment and Urinary Incontinence Treatment?
Sherwood Park patients receive a global assessment to evaluate urinary incontinence. Jeri Williams will use your detailed medical history to determine all of the possible factors that may be contributing to the urinary incontinence issues you are experiencing. The assessment will also include the following:
- Posture evaluation
- Evaluation of the muscles in the hips, legs, and core
- Internal exam of the pelvic floor tissues, pelvic muscles, and nerve function
Another essential component of the assessment is a bladder diary. This requires you to journal your fluid intake and urine output as well as any leakage over the period of three days.
Physiotherapy urinary incontinence treatment will focus on strengthening your pelvic floor through exercises at the clinic with therapist feedback and home exercises. Other urinary incontinence treatment will focus on specific issues and may include diet modification advice, scar tissue release, muscle release, bladder training, general stretching, strengthening, and acupuncture.
Global Physiotherapy — Sherwood Park is dedicated to helping you resolve your women’s health issue and keep active for life. Please contact us for more information.