May 01, 2019
Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine that happens with laughing, sneezing, coughing or activity, but can also occur with no activity at all. Urinary incontinence is a common issue with women. In Canada 1 in 6 women over the age of 30 have urinary leakage and 1 in 4 women over the age of 40 are affected by this problem. Urinary incontinence is more common in women due to childbirth, changes with menopause, and surgeries such as hysterectomies. Men can also be affected by urinary leakage. Leakage in men is usually associated with aging, weakness of the abdominal and back muscles, or occurs due to prostate issues. Even though it is a common issue it is rarely discussed.
There are 3 main types of urinary incontinence:
Physiotherapists with specialized training can help treat stress, urge, and overflow incontinence. You will be provided with targeted strengthening techniques, bladder and pelvic floor training, as well as lifestyle/habit changes to help decrease the urinary leakage.