Physiotherapy for Urge Urinary Incontinence

What is it?

Urinary incontinence is the leakage of urine. There are 2 types of urinary incontinence; stress urinary incontinence and urge urinary incontinence (UUI). UUI is the leakage of urine associated with urgency. People will often report they ‘have to go when they have to go’ or they will leak. Urgency is the sudden, compelling urge to void. This is often very bothersome and stressful as it happens without warning. In some instances, people will avoid leaving the house and entering social situations due to the fear of leakage.

Who does it affect?

Urge urinary incontinence can affect men and women of any age. Typically, it affects women more commonly than men.

How can it be treated?

Urge urinary incontinence can often be treated conservatively with bladder calming techniques and pelvic floor muscle training. Lifestyle factors are also considered including fluid intake, the timing of fluid intake, and the use of medications – particularly diuretics.

What can Embodied Confidence by Leonie Mills do for me?

Leonie will ask for your history and establish the risk factors that are relevant for you. With your consent, a comprehensive assessment is completed to determine the treatment required. This includes confirming you do not have a urinary tract infection (UTI), or a post-void residual (PVR). You will also be asked to complete a bladder diary if you have not done this recently. Following this, you will be provided with education and an individualised plan to reduce both the urgency and leakage. The generally involves a combination of bladder calming techniques and pelvic floor muscle training.