Committed to Continence

By Riva Preil

Join us at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in celebrating the International Continence Society (ICS) World Continence Week (June 23-29)!  According to their mission statement, “The International Continence Society is a registered charity with a global health focus which strives to improve the quality of life for people affected by urinary, bowel and pelvic floor disorders by advancing basic and clinical science through education, research, and advocacy.”

According to the Continence Promotion Committee, the focus of World Continence Week 2014 is Bladder Diary Day.  This project involves individuals worldwide submitting an informational form about their personal bladder habits.  The ICS seeks to obtain as much information as possible about typical bladder habits as a basis of comparison for atypical patterns.

YOU can contribute to and help the ICS by submitting a response!  For more information, please refer to the following promotional YouTube video: http://www.ics.org/public/bladderdiaryday

Continence is an attainable goal!  Don’t allow the commercials and advertisements for “adult pull-up diapers and protective underwear” to mislead you.  Leaking is not necessarily inevitable nor should it be expected as part and parcel of the aging process.

If you or someone you know experiences occasional (or frequent) involuntary losses of urine, pelvic floor physical therapy is probably an appropriate alternative for you.  Please speak to your doctor and request a prescription for pelvic floor physical therapy.  Let’s seek to make adult diapers an extinct species!

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