Pelvic health-continence therapy, female

Also known as: Women's continence therapy, Continence therapy, female, Urinary continence therapy, female, Kegel
Loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence) is very common in women. In fact, one out of every four women sometimes has trouble with bladder control.

With physical therapy, nearly 70 percent of women are able to improve their bladder control. Physical therapy may be the only form of treatment, or it may be part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

Physical therapy uses exercises to increase the strength and endurance of certain muscles. These pelvic floor muscle exercises, better known as Kegels, effectively improve bladder control.

Biofeedback is another part of the physical therapy program. This tool measures the tiny electrical signals that muscles produce when they contract. During a biofeedback session, muscle contractions are displayed on a computer screen. By watching the computer screen, a woman can see when she is contracting the correct muscles. Biofeedback also measures muscle strength, showing the woman how much progress she has made.

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If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these conditions, please contact us. There is no need to suffer in silence. We can help.

After illness, injury or disability, people in our community turn to Providence Rehabilitation Services for help in regaining strength and independence. Last year, Providence Rehabilitation served more than 86,000 adults and children.