In 2022, Incontinence UK stated that at least 7 million people in the UK are living with
urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence is defined by NHS England as unintentional
passing of urine. It’s a common issue that isn’t often spoken about.
There are several types of urinary incontinence including:
damage to the pelvic floor muscles. Urge incontinence may be the result of overactivity in
the pelvic floor muscles.
What are the Pelvic floor muscles?
The pelvic floor muscles are made up of a group of deep and superficial muscles which
support your pelvic organs, maintain continence of urine and faeces, and aid in sexual
function. It is difficult to know whether your pelvic floor muscles are weak or overactive as
you can’t see them, if you are experiencing any symptoms of incontinence this is not normal
(even if you’ve had a baby!) and you may benefit from a pelvic floor assessment.
What can I expect from a Pelvic floor Physiotherapy assessment?
During the assessment, we will take a detailed history of the problem you may be suffering
with to determine the cause of the issue. We will also conduct a pelvic exam which involves
an assessment of the health of the tissue around the vagina, an assessment of your pelvic
floor muscles and a treatment plan going forward. This may involve strengthening your
pelvic floor muscles, relaxation techniques, biofeedback or electrical stimulation if indicated.
I think I am suffering from incontinence, what should I do next?
Please go to our webpage for more details
or alternatively call 01225 683007 to book an appointment with our
women’s health physiotherapist Liv. You do not need to detail why you need to the
appointment when booking if you choose not to, this will be discussed with the
physiotherapist at your first appointment.
Bath Women's Health Physio
Physioimpulse Chartered Physiotherapists