Incontinence, defined as the involuntary leakage of urine, affects 51.1% of women and 13.9% of men in the United States1. Many believe that incontinence is a normal part of aging or is to be expected in women after pregnancy but that is simply not true. The prevalence of incontinence in young women is increasing especially in athletes. Females participating in repetitive, high-impact sports are at the highest risk for urinary incontinence due to insufficient pelvic floor muscle strength and coordination2. Incontinence often forces people to modify or stop exercise all together, which negatively impacts their health and quality of life.
The pelvic floor muscles, along with the abdomen, low back muscles and respiratory diaphragm, are designed to provide support and manage intra abdominal pressure. Pelvic floor rehab aims to train, strengthen and coordinate these muscles to work properly and reduce or resolve incontinence. The well known “kegel” exercise is not for everyone and studies have shown high rates of incorrect performance that can worsen incontinence symptoms3.
Physical therapists who are trained in pelvic floor rehabilitation can assess, treat and educate you to improve incontinence symptoms and your quality of life. Schedule your evaluation with us today!
To learn more about physical therapy and what pelvic floor rehabilitation can do for you or a loved one, you can visit the American Physical Therapy Association’s webpage. https://www.choosept.com/Default.aspx.
- Markland AD, Richter HE, Fwu CW, Eggers P, Kusek JW. Prevalence and trends of urinary incontinence in adults in the United States, 2001 to 2008. J Urol. 2011;186(2):589–593. doi:10.1016/j.juro.2011.03.114
- Phys Sportsmed. 2017 Nov;45(4):399-407. doi: 10.1080/00913847.2017.1372677. Epub 2017 Sep 5.
- Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1991 Aug;165(2):322-7; discussion 327-9.