The Daily Mail featured an article this week highlighting the issue of incontinence that remains a social taboo.
The issue of incontinence causes such embarrassment that many do not mention it or seek help. The effect this condition has on some lives can be devastating affecting relationships, family and social life, self-confidence and also reportedly doubles the risk of postnatal depression. It is estimated that incontinence costs the NHS £233 million annually in addition to personal costs to sufferers spending on incontinence products.
Thankfully this article emphasises that ‘ incontinence is common but never normal’. Pelvic floor exercise training, taught properly, by a women’s health physiotherapist, can cure or at least reduce symptoms, or better still, prevent incontinence if practiced early enough. NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) state that women with incontinence should be offered 3 months of specialist physiotherapy.
It’s time women were educated about the importance of caring for their pelvic floor. The Mummy MOT service that I offer is the based on the French model of care described in this article.
The message is clear, seek help if you have symptoms, do not suffer in silence!
Here endeth the taboo…
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