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Female/Male Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Health

Treatment for Urinary Incontinence in St. Albert

There are three types of urinary incontinence:

  • Stress incontinence – involuntary loss of urine under pressure-such as coughing, sneezing, jumping, laughing, running etc
  • Urge incontinence – involuntary loss of urine associated with the feeling of urgency to pee
  • Mixed incontinence – a combination of stress and urge

All types of incontinence are common in the female population (less so in males), but it is never normal. It is a sign that there is a dysfunction of the pelvic floor muscles. Fecal incontinence can also be treated by physiotherapy.

There are a variety of reasons for incontinence. Two of the most common times to experience some form of incontinence is postpartum and post-menopause.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

There are three types of prolapse:

  • ladder/cystocele
  • Rectal/rectocele
  • Uterine/vault

One of the reasons a prolapse can occur is due to a lack of pelvic floor muscle strength. By learning how to properly strengthen the pelvic floor, you can reduce the grade of prolapse. This is a non-invasive treatment which can be very beneficial. Surgery is sometimes an option but should be considered a last resort.

Prenatal and postpartum

Pregnancy and delivery take a toll on the body, especially the pelvic floor muscles. Every pregnancy and delivery is different, but all can benefit from proper exercise of the pelvic floor. Pelvic girdle pain is common during and even after pregnancy, which can be managed with exercise and manual therapy.

Prenatal exercises can be taught to help with delivery, labouring positions, and ways to prepare for birth. Postpartum treatment can help manage trauma, pain, incontinence and muscle activation issues. It is recommended to wait 6 weeks before coming to see a physiotherapist after delivery unless otherwise indicated by your doctor.

Pelvic Pain

Intercourse should never be painful. If you are experiencing any type of pain with sexual activity, it can be related to the pelvic floor muscles. There are a variety of physiotherapy treatment techniques to help with pain in the back, abdomen, groin and pelvic area.

Post prostatectomy

Many men will experience some form of incontinence after surgery. Physiotherapy can help teach you how to retrain the pelvic floor muscles to function more effectively. This helps reduce leakage and retrain the bladder.

Physiotherapy for pelvic health

Physiotherapists specialize in the musculoskeletal system – bones, joints, muscles, nerves and how these tissues function. The pelvic floor is just a group of muscles. It is the physiotherapist’s job to assess each individual and decide the best course of treatment for that person.

Kegels are not always the answer. It is also very hard to know if you are performing kegels properly without guidance from a trained professional. All of the symptoms listed above can be helped with physiotherapy, exercise, diet, education and behaviour modifications. The main goal is always about quality of life, we want to improve our patients well being and help them to feel comfortable in all areas of their lives.

Call us now for urinary incontinence treatment: 780-458-0255


Or contact us with any questions.

    South Edmonton

    10947 – 23 Avenue
    Edmonton , AB
    T6J 7B9

    Tel: 780-988-5803
    Fax: 780-988-5804


    Grandin Plaza

    #508, 1 Tache Street
    St. Albert, AB
    T8N 1B4

    Tel: 780-458-0255
    Fax: 780-460-9796


    51st Avenue

    10393-51 Avenue
    Edmonton, AB
    T6H 0K4

    Tel: 780-989-9789
    Fax: 780-989-9788


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