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Many women suffer incontinence in silence, when there are many options available to improve symptoms or achieve full recovery. Rusden Street Physiotherapy has invested in a Real Time Ultrasound Machine and specialist training for Women's Health Physiotherapist, Liz Maertin, allowing assessment of pelvic floor  dysfunction  and better manage treatment.

The symptoms most often seen at Rusden Street are: Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) (urine leakage with physical activity/movement e.g. coughing, running); Overactive Bladder (unexpected urine leakage); and Pelvic Organ Prolapse where pelvic organs (e.g. bladder) 'drop down' through supportive layers of muscle. Some women experience bothersome wind or faecal incontinence. 

Physiotherapy can help. Supervised, intense pelvic floor training can improve or completely resolve  84%  of Stress Urinary Incontinence. Bladder retraining and pelvic floor exercises can help manage Overactive Bladder. Pelvic floor exercises may help prevent Pelvic Organ Prolapse progression, or complement surgery. Education, dietary changes, and pelvic floor exercises can help manage these problems.
Liz Maertin, Women's Health Physiotherapist
BAppSc Physio, USyd

Liz has 30 years’ experience as a physiotherapist with 15 years as a specialist in workplace rehabilitation. 

She has a special interest in Women’s Health Physiotherapy.

A graduate of the Cumberland College of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Liz is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • 80%   of   women   with  lower   back   pain,   and   36%   of   women   over 45 have incontinence 
  • 1 in 3 women who have given birth will wet themselves
  • 2.5% of women will have faecal incontinence up to 1 year after childbirth
  • More  than  25  %  of  women  stop  exercising  or  turn  down  promotions due  to incontinence 
And it's not just women. Men have pelvic floor muscles too and these play apart in control of bladder, bowel and erectile function. Prostate surgery is one of the major causes of urinary incontinence  in men and pelvic floor muscle training and exercise can help to reduce the severity of leakage. There is also good evidence that pelvic floor muscle exercise can reduce the bothersome problem of dribbling of urine after emptying the bladder; and that pelvic floor exercises have merit as a treatment for erectile dysfunction too.
It is the beginning of the winter sports season and  it is time to be aware of any ongoing muscle and joint niggles and pain that may have gone unresolved over the summer. Have them addressed before you do further damage. 
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