The Core Centre

Bladder control

We can help with:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Need to urinate frequently or urgently
  • Pain with bladder filling, passing urine or after passing urine
  • Difficulty with passing urine, or completely emptying
  • Prolapse
  • Leakage with intercourse
  • Interstitial cystitis or bladder pain syndrome

Despite what is commonly portrayed, bladder weakness is not a normal consequence of childbirth and ageing. Bladder control issues can occur for many reasons such as pelvic floor muscle weakness, reduced co-ordination, laxity/too much movement of the pelvic floor muscles, surgery, hormonal changes and bladder overactivity.

Pelvic floor muscle strengthening is the first line recommended management for urinary incontinence, however most people with symptoms do not contract their muscles correctly. An assessment with one of our pelvic health physiotherapists will determine the integrity, tone, strength, endurance and co-ordination of your pelvic floor, as well as the function of your abdominals and diaphragm, which work closely with your pelvic floor. Other management options may also include addressing lifestyle factors, bowel health, using supportive devices (eg. pessary, contiform) and electrical stimulation. Our pelvic health physiotherapists will assess your whole self, ensuring the reason for your bladder concern is identified, so that an individualised management plan can be created to meet your goals.