Study highlights benefits of conservative treatments for female incontinence

  • On September 13, 2011
Conservative treatments, such as pelvic floor exercises and bladder training, are often effective in women with urinary incontinence, a review has shown. Researchers at the University of Minnesota looked at the findings of previous studies in order to assess the comparative effectiveness of common treatments. In total, they looked at 97 randomised and 44 non-randomised […]
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Physiotherapist discusses exercises for urinary incontinence

  • On September 13, 2011
Urinary incontinence is a common problem in the UK, particularly among women. Research cited by the NHS Choices website suggests that around 13 per cent of women have some degree of female incontinence, which becomes more common as people age. The vast majority of cases of female incontinence involve stress incontinence – when weak pelvic […]
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Physiotherapists can do ‘wonders’ with pelvic floor

  • On September 12, 2011
Women with urinary incontinence need not necessarily resort to surgery or medication, as physiotherapists can now do “wonders” when it comes to pelvic floor problems, an expert has said. Dr Julia Garcia, a urologist at Franciscan St Anthony Health in Michigan City, US, told nwi.com that traditional techniques only provided a short-term solution to bladder […]
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Physiotherapists can do ‘wonders’ with pelvic floor

  • On August 23, 2011
Women with urinary incontinence need not necessarily resort to surgery or medication, as physiotherapists can now do “wonders” when it comes to pelvic floor problems, an expert has said. Dr Julia Garcia, a urologist at Franciscan St Anthony Health in Michigan City, US, told nwi.com that traditional techniques only provided a short-term solution to bladder […]
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Pelvic floor exercises ‘for life, not just for pregnancy’

  • On July 16, 2011
Pelvic floor exercises are an important post-pregnancy activity, but should also be viewed as a life-long skill, according to one woman who has benefited from doing them. Christine, a 28-year-old mum-of-two, admitted that she did not bother to attend a pelvic floor clinic to reduce her risk of female incontinence after giving birth as she […]
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Many women with incontinence ‘improve without surgery’

  • On July 14, 2011
Female incontinence is a common condition, affecting around 13 per cent of women in the UK. Some women opt to undergo surgery, such as tape or sling procedures for stress urinary incontinence, or nerve stimulation for an overactive bladder or urge incontinence. However, according to Esther Dolowich, a physical therapist at Alta Bates Summit Medical […]
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One-to-one pelvic muscle training ‘does not reduce male incontinence’

  • On July 8, 2011
Men with urinary incontinence are unlikely to benefit from formal one-to-one pelvic floor muscle training, a study has found. Scientists at the University of Aberdeen led two randomised clinical trials to find out whether one-to-one sessions were any more effective than standard care and lifestyle advice. Participants were all affected by male incontinence after undergoing […]
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RCOG guidance on postnatal exercise

  • On July 6, 2011
Women may be able to reduce the risk of urinary incontinence after giving birth by performing pelvic floor exercises, according to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). Female incontinence is a common occurrence after childbirth, with some women continuing to experience problems for years to come. In guidance published on the RCOG website, […]
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Adult incontinence ‘should not prevent exercise’

  • On June 27, 2011
Women who experience urinary incontinence should not be afraid of taking regular exercise, according to manufacturer Kimberley Clark. In an article on the Star Online website, the company points out that certain exercises can aggravate light urinary leakage, so women need to ensure they select the right type. For instance, exercises that involve heavy lifting […]
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Kegel exercises useful for stress incontinence

  • On June 22, 2011
Women who suffer from stress incontinence are likely to benefit from regular exercises to help them regain bladder control, it has been claimed. Stress incontinence occurs when the pelvic floor muscles have weakened and are unable to prevent urination. Typically, leakage occurs when the person’s bladder is under pressure, such as when they cough, laugh […]
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