Incontinence

Bladder and Bowel Problems

Bladder and bowel problems include problems holding in urine and faeces (incontinence and urgency), problems emptying properly and pain with bladder and bowel function.

Incontinence is a term that describes any amount of accidental or involuntary loss of urine, faeces or wind. 1 in 4 Australians are incontinent. It can be embarrassing, distressing and socially isolating. (Continence Foundation of Australia).

Further information about incontinence can be found at the following link: www.continence.org.au

You do not have to put up with it as pelvic health physiotherapists at Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo are able to help.

Symptoms of bladder and bowel problems

  • Do you sometimes feel you have not completely emptied your bladder?
  • Do you have to rush to use the toilet?
  • Are you frequently nervous because you think you might lose control of your bladder or bowel?
  • Do you wake up twice or more during the night to go to the toilet?
  • Do you sometimes leak before you get to the toilet?
  • Do you sometimes leak when you lift something heavy?
  • Do you sometimes leak when you exercise or play sport?
  • Do you sometimes leak when you change from a seated or lying position to a standing position?
  • Do you strain to empty your bowel?
  • Do you sometimes soil your underwear?
  • Do you plan your daily routine around where the nearest toilet is?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, seeing a pelvic health physiotherapist is a proven approach that may offer a solution.

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Physiotherapy for bladder and bowel problems

The physiotherapy treatments for various bladder and bowel problems are very different.  It is more than just pelvic floor exercises. The pelvic health physiotherapists at Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo will assess your condition, identify your individual problems and develop a programme specifically targeted to your needs.

Treatment may include:

  • pelvic floor muscle training
  • pelvic floor muscle relaxation
  • biofeedback training
  • electrical muscle stimulation
  • bladder retraining and urge control strategies
  • emptying techniques for bladder or bowel
  • prolapse management strategies
  • education
  • diet, fluid and lifestyle modification
  • advice regarding most appropriate general exercise

You can be assured that Pelvic Health Physiotherapy at Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo is in line with the most current international scientific evidence.  Our Pelvic Health physiotherapists participate in regular professional development activities to maintain a high level of expertise.