Urinary incontinence

Urinary or fecal incontinence is indeed a difficult condition. A person with incontinence feels great discomfort in his/her everyday life and often feels ashamed and isolated.

Urinary incontinence affects four out of ten women, one out ten men and 18% of children under 15 years old. In addition, 28% of male and female athletes between the ages of 18 and 21 experience incontinence due to intense physical stress.

Pregnant women have a higher risk of urinary incontinence during pregnancy. In total, more than 1 million Greeks suffer from urinary incontinence and the lived experience of incontinence can often make them feel ashamed, socially isolated and depressed. Fortunately, Athens Rehab offers the highest level of conservative treatment for this condition.

30% of women and 10% of men may experience incontinence, and while it is common, it is unfortunately not a normal situation, instead it requires treatment.

Why does incontinence occur?

The reasons why a person experiences incontinence are various. Incontinence may be caused by trauma, after pregnancy, or due to weakness. In addition, the pelvic floor muscles may not have proper muscle coordination. Furthermore, incontinence is observed after numerous surgical operations.

Stress incontinence occurs in situations with increased intra-abdominal pressure such as coughing, sneezing, laughing or during weight lifting. Urge incontinence occurs when the patient cannot overcome an urge to go to the bathroom. The combination of the two types of incontinence is called mixed incontinence.

Functional incontinence is defined as the inability to reach the bathroom when one experiences urge for urination. Overflow incontinence occurs when the bladder is full and cannot hold any more urine.

Lastly, fecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movement.

You do not have to suffer and experience social isolation, anxiety, discomfort, and sadness because of your condition. At Athens Rehab you will find the scientifically proven solution for incontinence without surgery and discomfort.

How can pelvic floor rehabilitation help?

According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), treatment by a pelvic floor physical therapist can help patients manage or treat urinary incontinence. The New England Journal of Medicine states that “the first-line treatment for stress incontinence is pelvic floor rehabilitation.”

At Athens Rehab we develop an individualized treatment plan for each and every patient.

  • Biofeedback
  • Pelvic floor strengthening exercises (Kegel type) or pelvic floor relaxation (Downtraining)
  • Specialized acupuncture and electroacupuncture programs for nerve conduction enhancement
  • Proprioception exercises
  • We teach behavior modification techniques, such as how to avoid certain bladder irritants in the diet, which can also increase the frequency of incontinence episodes.

40% of women/men perform kegel exercises incorrectly!

We teach you the correct execution of the exercises to improve the activation and function of the pelvic floor.

Let the experts who hold advanced certification in pelvic floor physical therapy help you. Contact Athens Rehab to answer any questions or to schedule an appointment.


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