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My doctor told me to do Kegals for my incontinence, but I'm still leaking! Can physical therapy help me strengthen my pelvic floor?


Incontinence is a common problem among men and women of any age and can occur when muscles are too weak OR too active. Our pelvic floor muscles work to close the sphincter which allows urine to pass out of the body and nerves stimulate these muscles telling them when to contract and when to relax. Your physical therapist (PT) can evaluate your pelvic floor dysfunction by asking about your symptoms and when they occur, and assessing the muscles of the pelvic floor, lower back and abdomen for their flexibility, strength and endurance. A lot of individuals who perform Kegals do not perform them correctly, substituting other muscle groups such as the abdominals, gluteals, or inner thigh muscles. Your PT can also help determine other factors in your life that may be contributing to your incontinence such as constipation, medications, diet, infection, nerve damage and excess weight. Incontinence is more common in women and can be associated with pregnancy, childbirth, menopause or hysterectomy.

At Corvallis and Albany Sport and Spine, we have therapists trained in internal examination and treatment of the pelvic floor; so if you are having urinary frequency, urgency or leaking with coughing or sneezing, see your physical therapist today!

617 Hickory St. NW, Suite 160
ALbany, OR • Phone 541.928.1411