That's why treating bladder incontinence starts with an evaluation by a nurse practitioner who will work with you to develop a care plan unique to your needs. Your therapy might be as simple as a regimen of physical therapy or biofeedback. At John Muir Health, treatments for urinary control are as individual as you are.
Lifestyle and Behavior Changes to Improve Continence
There are many behavior changes you can make to aid in your treatment, such as changes in your voiding patterns, avoiding fluids that can irritate the bladder, managing your fluid intake correctly, managing your weight, and "bladder training." Our experts can help you determine which changes would be beneficial for your particular situation.
Nutrition Counseling to Avoid Bladder Irritation
Certain foods, beverages, or ingredients can contribute to bladder irritation. Our professionals can look at your eating and drinking patterns together with you to determine if making changes can help in your treatment.
Physical Therapy to Build Pelvic Floor Muscle Strength
Many of the symptoms of urinary incontinence are caused by pelvic floor muscle weakness and other pelvic dysfunctions. Physical therapy treatment for bladder leakage may include:
- Education on diet and nutrition to avoid food and drinks that may irritate the bladder
- Advice on how to change behaviors that make symptoms worse
- Pelvic floor exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles
- Exercises to stretch and strengthen other important muscles the can assist in helping you with incontinence
- Specific techniques to decrease urinary urge and frequency
- Biofeedback that shows you how your pelvic floor muscles are working
- Electrical stimulation to improve awareness and strength of the muscles
Biofeedback with Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises
This simple therapy is used to treat incontinence, urgency, pelvic pain, or to re-educate the pelvic floor muscles to restore and maintain health. Our experts will educate, evaluate, and instruct you on proper isolation and exercise of your pelvic floor muscles.
Using biofeedback technology, a computer recorder monitors the strength of your pelvic muscles and your progress throughout the therapy. This computerized technology allows you to immediately see the results as you contract and relax the correct group of muscles according to a preset pattern of exercises. Think of this as your personal trainer while you "do a circuit" of exercises just as they do for other muscles in the fitness centers! You will learn skills that will enable you to continue maintaining pelvic floor health throughout your life.
Because there can be several causes of bladder leakage, we can run a series of tests or a urodynamics study to evaluate how well your urinary tract is working. A urodynamic study helps us identify the specific issues causing your bladder leaks so that we can develop a personalized treatment plan just right for you.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Treatments
Advances in surgery to treat incontinence mean that there are more minimally invasive surgical options than ever. So if you and your doctor determine that surgery is right for you, you'll have only minimal time away from your daily life – and full relief from bladder leaks in return.
Get the Relief You've Been Waiting For
Call (925) 941-7900 today to talk privately with a professional about how we can help. Or, contact us online and a clinic representative will contact you to discuss your next steps.