Jan* is a 66 year old retired school teacher who takes care of her grandchildren during the day. She came into our Aberfoyle Park practice to see a Physiotherapist due to symptoms of urinary incontinence. She has suffered from incontinence since the birth of her first child approximately 40 years ago, this gradually increased after the pregnancies of all of her 6 children. Jan* has previously had surgery to improve her incontinence.
At the moment Jan* is suffering from symptoms of stress and urinary incontinence resulting in bladder leakage. As a result she has been finding it difficult to control her bladder, Jan* is also suffering from chronic lower back pain.
After a thorough investigation by our Women’s Health Physio, it was found that her pelvic muscle tone was low. Manual testing of the pelvic floor revealed that her strength wasn’t good she had poor squeeze, endurance and coordination.
Her initial Physiotherapy sessions involved information and training on exercises to increase her pelvic floor awareness. From there a Pilates routine was developed that included a combination of core stability exercises, pelvic floor strengthening, stretching and mobility exercises.
As a result of her work with her Physio and a Pilates exercise routine, Jan* is now able to control her bladder and can reach the toilet on time without experiencing any leakage. As her symptoms of incontinence have decreased, she feels more confident when she is shopping, walking and socialising, improving the quality of her life.
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*The name has been changed to protect the privacy of our client.