No need to become a recluse if you have incontinence

DID you know that incontinence is not only quite common, but can in most cases be managed effectively through physiotherapy?

Hi, my name is Annette Bezear of One-2-One Physiotherapy and my area of expertise is in the treatment and management of continence disorders and pelvic floor rehabilitation.

That means I treat men and women for all incontinence issues and actively promote continence awareness throughout the Sunshine Coast.

With over 30 years of experience as a physiotherapist, I operate a visiting consulting service in Caloundra, Beerwah/Maleny, Maroochydore and the Wesley Private Hospital in Brisbane.

I am a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Continence and Women's Health Special Interest Group, and the Continence Foundation of Australia.

Bladder and bowel control problems are common.

More than four million Australians experience leakage from the bladder and bowel regularly and this is known as incontinence.

Many others have bladder and bowel control problems such as frequency and urgency without leakage.

Although incontinence and continence problems have a considerable impact on a person's quality of life, many people do not seek help.

Embarrassment often prevents people talking about their bladder and bowel problems, while some restrict going out and have little social contact outside their home.

There is no need to become a recluse. The good news is that for most people these problems can either be cured or at least better managed.

You can lead a normal life and you no longer need to plan activities around the toilet.

Incontinence and continence problems affect people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.

Despite popular opinion, older people are not the only ones affected.

Bladder and bowel control problems are not an inevitable part of aging.

Talk to me if you or anyone you love has incontinence or continence problems as there is a range of management options available.

The treatments depend on the type of incontinence you have and what you hope to achieve.

Together we can develop your own incontinence management plan which will in most cases manage incontinence. Phone 0411 049 729.

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