Our women’s health therapists specialize in treatment of bladder problems and incontinence. We’ll help you perform pelvic muscle exercises correctly and design an exercise program specific to your needs. Treatment options will be explained to you, and may include:
- Education: You will learn how you can change the way you do some of your daily activities that may be causing stress on the pelvic floor muscles. Guidelines for lifting, exercising, doing housework, childcare, or gardening will help you prevent leakage. You will learn how to brace the pelvic floor muscles prior to leakage causing events. Normal voiding habits will be reviewed, as well as how to avoid common bladder irritants. Correcting the way you exercise, including what is wrong with most sit-ups, may be part of your program.
- Electrical stimulation: Gentle stimulation acts as an external source of muscle excitation and gives weak muscles an extra boost. It is also very useful to lessen feelings of bladder irritability and urinary urgency.
- Vaginal cones: This is “weight training” for the pelvic floor muscles. Small tampon-like weights are held in by the pelvic floor muscles, helping to strengthen them and squeeze effectively as you lift, cough, or exercise.
- Pelvic muscle retraining: Several techniques will be used to help your muscles work as effectively as they can.
- Biofeedback: A sensor records your pelvic floor muscle activity and displays it on a computer monitor. This “feedback” gives you a picture of your muscle activity and improves the quality of your exercise efforts