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Bladder and bowel control problems do not only affect women.

Bladder leakage is a condition that can also affect men, and is particularly common following prostate surgery. For some men, regaining bladder control can take 12 months or more to resolve following surgery. If you are awaiting prostate surgery it may be beneficial to see a specialist physiotherapist prior to the surgery so that you are aware of the muscles you need to control and are familiar with your exercise program before surgery takes place.

Bladder control problems may also be caused by chronic constipation and straining to empty the bowels, having a chronic cough or asthma, constant heavy lifting, being overweight or reduced fitness levels.

Bladder and bowel leakage can be embarrassing and difficult to talk about but fortunately physiotherapy can help. Physiotherapy treatment will assist you in regaining control of the pelvic floor muscles to stop the leakage from happening.

What can I expect from a physiotherapy treatment program?

At Winmalee Women’s Health Physiotherapy, we have clinical expertise in the assessment and treatment of all types of urinary incontinence for both women and men. Our treatment programs are individually tailored to your condition and are based on current research.

Physiotherapy is always carried out in a private treatment room; always with the same physiotherapist, providing sensitive, professional treatment. Your initial appointment will involve a thorough assessment, including questioning about your pelvic floor function and habits.

The goal of Physiotherapy is to teach you to regain control of your bladder. Treatment will always involve education, helping you to understand your condition and address lifestyle factors which can improve your bladder control.

Treatment is often focused around the pelvic floor muscles. You will be taught how to identify, tighten and use your pelvic floor muscles to prevent incontinence.

Throughout treatment you are given support and encouragement as you begin to learn and use new techniques to gain control of your bladder.

A home exercise program will always be an important part of your treatment.