These day’s there seems to be far fewer subjects that are not openly discussed among family, friends, colleagues or in the press.
However, as Women’s Health Physiotherapists, we see a number of conditions which certainly don’t tend to be talked about, and therefore don’t get the support and treatment that they deserve.
An example being urinary leakage and urgency
Here are a few surprising facts and figures:
- It is estimated that between 3-6 million men and women in the UK are affected by urinary leakage.
- About one in three women have stress incontinence at some point in their lives with approximately half of these women also having symptoms of urinary urgency.
- One American study found that on average women waited 6.5 years before seeking assistance for urinary incontinence by a healthcare professional – an incredibly long time! women have stress incontinence at some point in their lives with approximately half of these women also having symptoms of urinary urgency.
- Of those women who have symptoms, only 1 in 5 seek help.
- One American study found that on average women waited 6.5 years before seeking assistance for urinary incontinence by a healthcare professional – an incredibly long time!
In our clinics we frequently find that many people believe that these symptoms are to be expected, and simply tolerated, if associated with childbirth, or because we are simply not as young as we were.
Yet, research evidence shows that conservative measures such as pelvic floor exercises, simple lifestyle advice and bladder retraining techniques can be successful in improving, if not clearing, most forms of incontinence. In fact these measures are the first line treatments advised by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for stress incontinence, urinary urgency and incontinence associated with urgency, as well as vaginal prolapse.
So, if this applies to you why not consider getting the help of a specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist and potentially make an incredibly positive health and wellbeing improvement in 2020.
Heather Evers and Shelley Treen are both experienced Women’s Health Physiotherapists who have daytime, evening and weekend appointments at Total Health West Berkshire.
If you have any questions or need any information then please get in touch on 01635 791 301 or visit the contact us page.
The Total Health Team