No one wants to have urinary incontinence, the unintended leakage or loss of urine. It is a common problem for women that can leave them feeling embarrassed and ashamed. Traditionally, women wear diapers or pads to protect clothing, or receive medication or surgery to help correct the problem. Now, physical therapy is playing an important role in the management of incontinence.
Physical therapists can help women learn to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that play a role in urination. In particular, Kegel exercises are used to contract, hold, and release the muscles that help control urination. The Kegel exercises are combined with abdominal muscle training.
Physical therapists can also offer tips on lifestyle changes, voiding habits, and bladder irritants to help promote management and in some cases, resolution of urine incontinence. Further, a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports that physical therapy and bladder training appears to be as helpful as other methods of treatment for urinary incontinence.