Stress Incontinence is the most common type of urinary incontinence. It is a loss of urine with exertion – such as coughing, sneezing, jumping, running, laughing or even changing position. Commonly seen in women following childbirth or after the menopause; with men it often arises as a consequence of prostate surgery. It could be caused by weakness of the pelvic floor muscles, or an imbalance between the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Posture and breathing patterns can also play a role in stress incontinence.
A pelvic health assessment will identify your specific factors and tailor treatment to your needs and goals. This may include Kegel exercises, modifying Kegels or even stopping them altogether and teaching reverse Kegels. Exercises to coordinate the diaphragm, abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and yoga may be part of your treatment program.