Bladder Incontinence

It's not a normal part of aging or pregnancy.

Any bladder leakage is not normal and can be helped. If you are suffering from any loss of bladder control, we understand your pain, its impact on your life and what you need to get back in control. We work with you to change your habits and rebuild the important muscles that help you regain control of your bladder.

What is Bladder Incontinence? 

Bladder incontinence is simply the involuntary loss of bladder control. Sufferers often find themselves unable to control when their bladder empties, going at the wrong time and the wrong place. This can be embarrassing and even lead to a compromised quality of life.

Over 3.3 million Canadians experience bladder incontinence. 

How Can Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Help?

Those who suffer from incontinence assume that there is nothing they can do other than deal with the problem. This is incorrect. There are ways to help correct the problem and make it more manageable and even better.

As pelvic health physiotherapists we look uncover the cause of your incontinence. For women, pelvic floor muscle training has been proven (2014 Cochrane Collaboration review) effective for those suffering from urinary incontinence.

An astonishing majority of those suffering are women; 1 in 4 women experience incontinence.

Common Causes of Incontinence

Contrary to popular belief, incontinence is not a normal part of aging process. It’s also not a disease. Incontinence is a symptom of malfunctioning in your system. It is often a result of lacking good pelvic floor muscle function. These very important muscles can become weakened (or unable to relax!) due to injury, pregnancy or poor daily habits. 

Two of the most common types of urinary or bladder incontinence are:

  • Stress: This is a mechanical problem and occurs when the urethra can’t handle the increased pressure on the bladder from exercise, coughing or sneezing
  • Urge (Overactive bladder): Bladder urge is normal, but urgency is not. Urgency can be defined as a constant urge sensation or sudden uncontrollable urge and can often make it difficult to get to the bathroom in time. Urgency can be brought on by a number of "triggers" and can be associated with frequency beyond 7x per day and more than 1x at night.