Men's Pelvic Floor Therapy for Incontinence
Regaining control of your bladder after surgery or due to a chronic condition is imperative to your quality of life. Incontinence Therapy for men is designed to regain and strengthen bladder control.
Incontinence is defined as an increased urgency or frequency of urination – more than seven times a day and once at night – or leaking of urine during activity. Many men, especially those with a history of prostate issues, may experience the leaking of urine while coughing, laughing or exercising.
Common causes of incontinence include:
- Chronic constipation, coughing or sneezing
- Bladder irritants like caffeine, acidic juices and carbonated beverages
- Limiting fluid intake, which increases urine concentration and irritation
- Pelvic floor trauma after some surgeries
A specially trained physical therapist specializing in incontinence will perform an evaluation and follow-up treatments. Many patients require as few as 3-6 visits.
Physical Therapy includes:
- Strengthening: Instruction to properly contract the pelvic floor, including biofeedback, when necessary.
- Bladder Training: Techniques to delay the urge to urinate
- Home exercise program: Designed to improve strength and endurance
The goal of physical therapy is to strengthen the pelvic floor muscle to support the bladder and keep the urethra closed during physical activity, restoring your confidence to enjoy daily activities.