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URINARY INCONTINENCE

It is likely that you don't know that acupuncture can play a role in the management of Urinary Incontinence.  Studies (1) and (2) have shown benefit in using acupuncture and PTNS (percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation - aka electroacupuncture) to reduce the number of episodes of stress and urge urinary incontinence.

Stress urinary incontinence is when involuntary urination occurs when sneezing, coughing, laughing, running, jumping or lifting. 

Urge urinary incontinence is when the bladder muscle (detrusor muscle) contracts and causes the urge to urinate even if there isn't much urine in the bladder.  Sufferers will need to go to the toilet NOW but often don't make it to the loo without leakage.

Urinary Incontinence is very common in pregnancy with 64% of Australian women having this problem.  But it can persist postpartum and this is the time to get help.  It is estimated that 70% of people (men and women) with urinary incontinence do not seek help for it.  You need to know there are options for you.  Get assessed by your GP or Urologist.  You may want to see a physiotherapist that specializes in pelvic floor problems.  We recommend Pivotal Physiotherapy and Pilates, and Ivory Rose Physiotherapy.

Studies have shown that acupuncture is also a valuable tool combating urinary incontinence.  A team approach may be the best solution.