Non-Surgical Solution for Urinary Incontinence: Pelvic Rehabilitation
Urinary incontinence is a common problem especially among women and the elderly. However, many people are reluctant to talk about it or seek medical help. Fortunately, there is a non-surgical solution for this problem: pelvic rehabilitation.
Pelvic rehabilitation is a program that aims to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which are responsible for supporting the uterus, bladder, and rectum. When these muscles are weak or damaged, a person may experience urinary incontinence, constipation/diarrhea, or sexual dysfunction.
According to Dr. Fatma Şeker, a Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Specialist, the most well-known pelvic floor muscle exercises are Kegel exercises. These exercises involve contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles, as if holding the urine, for 10 seconds each and repeating them 10 times. It is recommended to do this exercise 6 to 8 times a day in various positions such as standing, sitting, working in the office, driving or lying down.
Patients who benefit most from pelvic floor rehabilitation are those with urinary incontinence, which is called stress incontinence, due to increased intra-abdominal pressure during laughing/coughing/sneezing or physical activity. This program is also effective for patients with post-pregnancy urinary incontinence, organ prolapse, and childhood day and night urinary incontinence.
Moreover, Dr. Şeker emphasizes the importance of achieving successful results in sexual dysfunction with a program prepared for this after the obstetrics and urology examination. She also highlights that urinary incontinence is an important problem that should not be ignored, and a pelvic rehabilitation program with physiotherapists trained in pelvic floor exercises is provided at Medical Point Gaziantep Hospital.
In conclusion, if you are suffering from urinary incontinence or related problems, do not hesitate to seek medical help. Pelvic rehabilitation can be an effective and non-surgical solution to your problem.