Dealing with pelvic floor issues

A Vernon physiotherapist says help is available to those dealing with bladder and bowel incontinence

Many people have them, but few will talk about them. What are these unspoken issues? Problems may include bladder/bowel incontinence, organ prolapse and pelvic pain.

Women who have not given birth, as well as men, may experience pelvic floor issues, though they tend to stem from different causes.

Women who have given birth, either vaginally or by caesarean, are at most risk. If at eight to 12 weeks a woman is still having incontinence issues, she will likely remain this way when seen one year later if no intervention has happened. This should not happen because this is a problem that can be helped.

Why don’t people seek out help? In addition to a new mom being very busy, this is just not an easy subject to talk about. It can be an embarrassing topic to bring up and because very few talk about it, you may think you are the only one.

These problems may be just a hiccup in someone’s day or may eventually cause them to leave the house less often. Having to know where all the available bathrooms are, possibly packing incontinence pads in an already too packed purse and having to deal with unexpected accidents, is more common than most people think.

Incontinence is a very common problem, but remember, this is not a normal problem to have!  The pelvic floor muscles are like other muscles in the body, in that they have a job to do. One of their jobs is to support some of your organs like the bladder, uterus and rectum. If they become too weak or too tight, they will have problems doing their job well and they let you know this by giving you some symptoms such as experiencing a feeling of heaviness, bladder/bowel leakage or pain.

The good news is there is conservative help available. A pelvic floor physiotherapist can assess your pelvic floor and help you properly engage your pelvic floor muscles, can help release your tight muscles, go over dietary choices that might be bladder/bowel irritants, and help you make some behavior changes throughout the day to support your bladder and bowel. The most important message is that you do not have to live with this problem and that help is available!

Cathy Watson is a physiotherapist in Vernon, with Cathy Watson Physiotherapy.


Just Posted

Memorial remembers Vernon’s most marginalized

Prayers and flowers for those who have died on the streets

One year later: Vernon pot stores look back at legalization

Edibles made legal on first anniversary of recreational cannabis

Vernon RCMP seek assistance in locating vehicle involved in hit and run

Vernon RCMP are searching for a grey sedan that struck a motorcycle on Oct. 8 at 48 Ave. and 24 St.

Great Vernon Pumpkin Race to star in South Korean documentary

Pumpkin Classic event to kick off this weekend with gourd weigh-ins

Okanagan College nursing students to make history in Thailand

Students to take on Vernon-born practicum overseas

Scheer, Trudeau, Singh haggle over potential minority government outcome

If you believe the polls, it appears the Liberals and Conservatives are neck-and-neck

Canucks beat Stanley Cup champs 4-3 in a shootout

Leivo nets winner, Vancouver dumps St. Louis for fourth straight win

‘The more you test, the more you find’: Beef recalls a sign of success, experts say

Despite appearances, experts say a recent rise in major recalls is not a sign of food supply problems

Letter: Small actions of North Okanagan-Shuswap candidates speak volumes

Writer commends Salmon Arm high school students for helping at all-candidates meeting

Japanese buyer expands wood pellet contract with B.C.’s Pinnacle

Mitsui and Co. increases contract with Interior energy producer

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

Okanagan candidates’ signs headed to dump

Dozens of signs were picked up for not complying with bylaws, according to the city

Salmon Arm arena told to upgrade ice chilling system in 2020 or face closure

Fatal ammonia leak in Fernie prompts Technical Safety BC to order 20-year-old chillers replacement

Police search Kelowna home, arrest 6 and seize 2000 marijuana plants

Police seized $1400 in cash, 95 pounds of dried marijuana bud and nearly 2000 plants

Most Read