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Incontinence is a term that describes any accidental or involuntary loss of bladder or bowel control. It is a widespread condition that affects over 3.3 million Canadians. One in three women and one in nine men are expected to experience urinary incontinence at some point in their lives.


The most common forms of incontinence are:  

  • Stress Incontinence: Loss of urine secondary to an increase in intra-abdominal pressure (i.e. coughing, sneezing, lifting, laughing, exercise)

  • Urge Incontinence: Urine loss associated with a strong, uncontrollable need to void.

  • Mixed Incontinence: Urine loss associated with increases in intra-abdominal pressure (stress incontinence) and with an intense urge to void (urge incontinence)


Contrary to popular belief, incontinence is not an inevitable or normal part of ageing or childbirth. Physiotherapy has been proven to be an effective way of treating incontinence without the need for medication or surgical intervention.  


We understand that incontinence can be distressing and socially disruptive. Our physiotherapists can work with you to establish individualized treatment strategies to significantly improve your symptoms.

For more information, please visit the following websites:

The International Continence Society

Canadian Continence Foundation

The Simon Foundation for Continence

National Association for Continence  

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Tel: 613-230-7891