Taking Control — Incontinence Therapy at RAMC
Does laughing or lifting lead to leaking? Don’t be embarrassed if it does. Urinary incontinence, or loss of bladder control, affects 24 – 45 percent of women. And it ranges from just a few drops to sudden, hard-to-control urges.
In any case, RAMC can help you take control.
Through our physical therapy department, women can learn techniques to strengthen the pelvic floor—the muscles that support the bladder and other organs in the pelvis—that will reduce or even eliminate bladder leaks.
“Just like other muscles in the body, when the pelvic floor becomes weak, it loses its ability to function properly,” says Jenny Schneider, physical therapist at RAMC. “Our incontinence therapy program helps strengthen these muscles and trains patients to use the muscles properly.”
And by choosing to see a physical therapist to treat incontinence symptoms, patients will receive a broad understanding of what’s causing their incontinence and how to properly treat it.
“Each patient goes through an individual assessment to identify limitations and weakness and determine the root cause of symptoms,” says Anna Stello, physical therapist at RAMC. “From there, we are able to put together a customized therapy program.”
After this initial assessment, an RAMC physical therapist will walk patients through specific activities that could include
- Posture and body mechanics training
- Bladder retraining
- Diet education
- Muscle energy techniques
- Pelvic and core training
Most women are able to see a quick change once they start the exercises, which helps them realize they may have been missing out on things.
And Jenny adds, “We are here to take away the fear of leaks and empower women to take charge of their lives.”
Call our Rehab Department at (608) 768-6120.