Can physiotherapy help with incontinence?

Yes, physiotherapy can help with incontinence. Incontinence is the inability to control the bladder or bowels, and can be caused by weak pelvic floor muscles, nerve damage, or other factors. Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a specialized type of physiotherapy that can help to alleviate the symptoms of incontinence by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles and improving muscle control.

Pelvic floor physiotherapy typically includes a combination of exercises, manual therapy, and biofeedback. The exercises are designed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, improve bladder and bowel control, and alleviate pain and discomfort. Manual therapy involves the use of hands-on techniques to manipulate and massage the muscles and tissues in the pelvic area. Biofeedback is a technique that uses electronic monitoring to provide feedback on the activity of the pelvic floor muscles, helping the patient to learn how to properly engage and relax these muscles.

In addition to these interventions, the physiotherapist will also provide the patient with education and advice on how to manage their incontinence, including advice on posture, activity modification, and lifestyle changes.

Overall, physiotherapy can be an effective treatment for incontinence by targeting the underlying cause of the incontinence, strengthening the pelvic floor muscles and improving muscle control, and providing education and advice on how to manage the incontinence.