12/3/2014 0 Comments
On one hand, the notion of urinary incontinence may seem a bit “off topic.” On the other, if you have it, you’re not alone and you deserve answers.
Were you aware there are two specialized physical therapists in Missoula who offer help for this condition? Tara Mund and Morgan York-Singer, both Doctors of Physical Therapy at Alpine Physical Therapy, continue to help area women with a host of different conditions. They are compassionate and caring experts in the treatment of urinary incontinence as well. #AlpinePT
Here’s an excerpt from the Her Health webpages on the topic of urinary incontinence.
Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine. There are several types of urinary incontinence:
Stress Incontinence is the leakage of small amounts of urine when there is increased intra abdominal pressure. This can happen with exercise, coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting or other activities.
Urge Incontinence is the leakage of urine when a person feels the sudden strong urge to urinate.
Mixed Incontinence includes symptoms of both stress and urge incontinence.
How Can Physical Therapy Help?
Because many symptoms of urinary incontinence are caused by pelvic floor weakness and/or dysfunction a thorough examination by a specially trained physical therapist is appropriate. Her Health physical therapists will evaluate your pelvic floor muscles and design an individualized plan of care to help you gain control over your urinary symptoms.
Treatment will include: proper motor control activation and relaxation of pelvic floor muscles and exercises to stretch or strengthen the pelvic floor and other important muscles. Additional treatment may include education on dietary influences on bladder irritability, ways to decrease urinary urgency and frequency and possible advice on modifications of behaviors that may aggravate your urinary symptoms.
For more information on the services available through Her Health at Alpine Physical Therapy, click here.
Our thanks to Women’s Health Specialist Tara Mund, DPT of Alpine Physical Therapy for this blog post.
Urinary incontinence is very common among women, especially following childbirth. It is also a subject that most people are reluctant to talk about. Because it is common, it gets mistaken for “normal,” when in fact it isn’t normal and it can be easily treated.
Talking about you leaking is actually the best thing you could do. Telling your doctor or physical therapist is the first step toward taking control of you health and being proactive about your treatment.
Many people are familiar with Kegel exercises, and if you have been leaking you have also likely tried these exercises at some point in your life. Interestingly enough, the majority of my patients when tested aren’t doing them correctly or as effectively as they could be. Once you learn how to do the exercises correctly, it will take you less than 5 minutes of your day to train your muscles and put a stop to leaking.
By the time you have completed your treatment, this won’t be a subject you want to keep quiet anymore. You won’t be whispering to your friend about your embarrassing problem; rather, you will want to shout at the top of your lungs that you are dry and the treatment was easy, effective, and painless!
Watch this brief video in which Tara details approaches used by physical therapists with advanced training to address this important aspect of care.
For additional information, visit our webpages on this topic by clicking here.
Brent Dodge is the founding owner of Alpine Physical Therapy and is a board certified orthopedic specialist. He holds additional certifications in Functional Dry Needling, Manual Physical Therapy, and Strength and Conditioning.
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