Incontinence is a very debilitating problem and can affect your life on a day to day basis. Whether it only happens when you’re doing your chores at home or when you’re running, incontinence can be different for every woman. The discomfort, however, is always the same.
A lot of women have difficulties to see their GP about problems with incontinence. They are often too embarrassed to mention it or they think nothing can be done about it, that it’s normal and just what happens.
Find the cause
In spite of the name, stress urinary incontinence has nothing to do with you feeling stressed. It’s your pelvis muscles that are stressed and can’t cope, generally caused by giving birth or by menopause.
In case of an overactive bladder, incontinence happens because the bladder is not contracting at the correct times. When, for example, you have to get up a lot at night to pee (also called nocturia).
This is generally caused by chronic constipation, jobs involving heavy lifting or medical conditions that cause you to cough a lot.
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Do you feel a heaviness in your genitals or pelvis area or have you ever felt an abnormal lump when washing or wiping yourself? Do you suffer from lower tummy pain or do you have problems peeing? Is having sex uncomfortable?
If your answer to any of these questions is yes, you might be suffering from Pelvic Organ Prolapse.
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Although non life-threatening, this condition can be very uncomfortable and disrupt your daily life. Prolapses are generally caused by child birth (esp. multiple), menopause or by long-term constipation.
Ante-natal physiotherapy – Let's get you ready for this baby
The last thing you want in the last few months of pregnancy is pain – as if feeling bloated and massive all the time wasn’t enough!
Because of the little one(s) growing inside your tummy, there is a higher load on your back which can become quite painful. In some cases, the stress on the back is so great that it causes sciatica, which is a trapped nerve in your back that causes pain down your leg.
Also, the increase of the ligament’s laxity in your pelvis (caused by progesterone to prepare your body for birth), means that your ligaments can feel stretched and cause pain. Pelvis girdle pain, for example, causes issues in your lower back as well as at the front (where the pubis symphysis is located).
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By staying in pain during your pregnancy, you will become weaker quicker. This could lead to more struggle during labour and could increase the recovery time after birth. And most of all, pain is not something you should simply have to accept.
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Post-natal physiotherapy – Enjoy being a mummy
Did you know that women in France automatically get six sessions of physiotherapy after giving birth? It helps speed up recovery from pregnancy and labour significantly.
Post-natal physiotherapy will help you to recover better and faster. Not everybody needs six weeks of treatment. But even getting advice on what to do (or not) and a specific exercise programme to help you get back to strength can make a big difference.
Seeing a women’s health physiotherapist early on can also help prevent and treat specific post-partum issues such as:
- Pelvis organs prolapse
- Abdominal muscle separation (Diastasis Rectus)
- Back and pelvis pain