|Women's Health and Incontinence|
|Cancer Rehab: Strength in Motion|
Women's Health and IncontinenceIf you are suffering from involuntary urine leakage, you are not alone. It is estimated that 13 million people in the United States experience temporary or chronic problems with urinary incontinence, according to the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Although both men and women are affected, it is more prevalent in women. Most sufferers believe that it is something they "just have to live with." It is also commonly believed to be a natural part of the aging process, which is not true. Plus, young women can also be susceptible to urinary incontinence.
Because many people are ashamed or embarrassed to discuss the problem with their physician, they never learn about the many treatment approaches available. Incontinence is a prevalent, but treatable condition.
The six to eight week program typically involves weekly physical therapy sessions. Additional biofeedback readings are taken to map a patient’s progress with muscle strengthening. Pelvic muscles, located at the bottom of the pelvis, stretch between the legs and are attached to the front, back and sides of the pelvic bone. Their function is to hold the bladder and other organs in place. Like other muscles, they can be strengthened with exercise.
We use a variety of non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical treatment methods to address urinary incontinence, including:
If you are interested in exploring Physical Therapy for incontinence, contact your physician for a referral. The program provides non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical management of incontinence and is typically 6-8 sessions over a 3-4 month period.
For further information or questions, please call the Rehabilitation Services department at 617-243-6172 and ask to speak to Roxanne Babigian, PT.