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Physical Therapy solutions for incontinence

by Acceleration Physical Therapy Staff on 01/17/14

What is Incontinence? Involuntary leakage of urine or bowl contents.

What are the causes of Incontinence?

There are several causes for incontinence in men and woman:

·         childbirth

·         weight gain

·         muscle weakness

·         chronic cough

·         irritation of the bladder, infections, bladder stones

·         constipation

·         emotional stress

·         medications

·         enlarged prostate

·         Parkinson’s, Dementia, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis

·         Stroke

·         Damage to the bladder nerves

·         Aging

·         Menopause hormone changes

·         Gynecologic surgeries

·         Strenuous activity or exercise

·         Caffeine and high acid fluid intake

·         Poor bladder habits.

How is Incontinence treated? Since there are different types of Incontinence (Stress, Urge, Overflow and Functional). There are many ways to treat Incontinence and talking to your doctor will help you find the treatment that is best for you. Here at Acceleration Therapy Services we have trained therapist that will show you how to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and retrain the bladder to void appropriately. We use an external electrical neuro-reeducation unit (PENS) that provides muscle stimulation along with therapeutic activities and personal training on proper voiding habits.

Urinary incontinence affects 28% of woman ages 30-29, 41% of those 40-49 and almost half of woman 50 and older, according to a University of Washington survey of more than 3000 women. At Acceleration Therapy Services we utilize a variety of research based external techniques to help woman take back control and return to the activities they love.

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