Incontinence is common but don’t accept it as “normal”

It is not normal to leak after having a baby.

It is not normal to leak after prostate surgery.

It is not normal to leak as we get older.

These are all, unfortunately, common occurrences. But not normal.

Because many people think incontinence is normal, they do not talk to their doctor about it, due to feelings of shame and embarrassment.

Willow Health’s Pelvic Health Physiotherapy can successfully treat incontinence for women with stress, urge, and mixed urinary incontinence. Pelvic floor muscle training results in improved quality of life, fewer leakage episodes, and less leakage volumes.

For more information on incontinence, go to:
Canadian Continence Foundation

Different types of incontinence occur for different reasons.

Stress Incontinence: Is the leakage of urine when you exert pressure on your bladder, as when laughing, coughing, lifting, or exercising.

Urge Incontinence: Also known as an ‘overactive bladder’, the leakage of urine that happens with sudden, uncontrollable need to go to the bathroom.  There is a need to urinate often and a feeling that you may not have time to make it to the toilet.

Mixed Incontinence: A combination of both Stress and Urge incontinence, which is the most common type of incontinence.

The Facts about Incontinence

  • 3.3 million Canadians are living with urinary incontinence
  • 1 in 4 women middle aged and older experience urinary incontinence
  • 1 in 7 men 60 years and older experience urinary incontinence
  • 1 in 2 pregnant women experience urinary incontinence

Source: The Canadian Continence Foundation (

What is Prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse refers to when pelvic organs start to ‘fall’ into the vagina or rectum. Prolapse is very common with 50% of child-bearing women exhibiting some degree of prolapse. For some women, having a prolapse means they experience a feeling of heaviness or bulging from the vagina, low back pain, bladder and bowel dysfunction, or sexual dysfunction.

Willow Health can successfully treat and manage prolapse. Scientific evidence shows that 6 months of pelvic floor muscle training can help improve both the symptoms and anatomical presentation of prolapse. Most patients report significant improvement.