Top five things to remember this World Continence Week
16th June 2020
World Continence Week is here, so it’s important that we shine a light on a topic that’s too often hushed and stigmatised in our community. Let’s raise our knowledge and wider awareness as we go.
1. Incontinence, it’s more common than you think!
Six million Australians suffer from incontinence each year. While it can be accepted as a natural part of ageing or motherhood, there is a great deal of action that can be taken to help manage or even prevent the prevalence of incontinence.
From bladder control through to bowel and pelvic floor issues, incontinence can affect whether you’re confident going for a run or out for dinner perhaps. Or it can even affect whether you want to have another child or feel comfortable leaving the house.
2. A stiff upper lip doesn’t help
With trained specialists from continence nurses and physiotherapists, there is a great deal of support and management options for people to take action. This includes access to specialist products, medication, as well as lifestyle and exercise practices.
The trick is to get in early. It’s about seeking treatment and getting the support you need to feel confident to laugh without leaking at whatever age you’re at!
3. Pelvic floor muscles aren’t just for pilates
Strong pelvic floor muscles can do a world of good for both incontinence prevention and recovery. While many people are familiar with the pelvic floor exercises, they often haven’t been trained in the exercises to get the most out of them. Physios and registered nurses can help to ensure you’re practising these to maximise their impact and building the core strength that you need.
4. Reducing water intake isn’t the solution…
You would think reducing water intake would help ease the leaks, but dehydration is never the solution. The fact is, when you don’t consume the recommended six to eight glasses of water a day, your risk of an accident only increases. Hydration is not only good for your whole body and digestion, it’s great for a healthy bladder that’s free of irritation.
5. But reduced coffee is!
At times the solution can be as simple as addressing our diet. Tea, coffee and alcohol all aggravate the bladder and while weening off coffee is never ideal, it can sometimes do just the trick. Making an appointment with a continence nurse for an assessment about what will work for you is a great place to start.
Find out what more you can do to manage continence issues by arranging an assessment with a Macedon Ranges Health professional by calling 03 5428 0300.
For more information about World Continence Week, 15 - 22 June 2020, click here to visit the Continence Foundation of Australia.