Have you ever heard yourself say, “I don’t have time to go to the bathroom”? As you get ready for the holidays do you think, “there is no time for me to take care of necessary functions, I am just too busy”? At Phoenix Physical Therapy we hear remarks such as these all the time! Some of our patients will report that they never take the time to void completely (if at all) during the day and yet in the evening or during the night they will void several times! Some patients will ‘multitask’ while in the bathroom, making shopping lists, sending text messages, talking on the phone or just focusing on what else needs to be done in the course of a busy day. Holidays often make these issues more pronounced as we tend to be busier and have more to accomplish in a given day.
At Phoenix Physical Therapy we are proud of our ability to help men, women and children who don’t take the proper time to use the toilet. We work closely with our clientele to teach them the skills to manage these private body functions in a way that empowers them to take charge of their needs! How many times a day do you use the toilet to empty your bladder? Six to eight times is normal during the course of 24 hours, but once a night for an older adult is appropriate while younger people shouldn’t need to get up at night. Does that match your habits? Postponing the urge to void (beyond a normal voiding interval) during the day creates an abundant source of issues including, but not limited to: urinary tract infections, urinary leakage, use of pads for protection, limited fluids, or more voiding at night while you are trying to sleep. Even constipation can become an issue (just think of all that holiday food you will eat that can bother your belly!). All of this can lead to what we term a “pelvic floor muscle dysfunction”. Holiday time for some will exacerbate these symptoms when people ignore the desire to empty their bladders or use the toilet when their bodies signal it is time to do so.
Phoenix Physical Therapy can help! These behaviors are not a normal part of bladder function and can lead to a variety of problems as listed above. Is it time for you to take charge of your bladder? Would you like to not depend on the use of pads for the ‘just in case’ leaking that can occur when you ignore your urge to void?
Phoenix is not your ordinary PT practice. We specialize entirely in treatment for women, children and men with these issues. Our treatment, in a relaxed and comfortable home-like clinical environment conveniently located in South Burlington, empowers our patients to take control of their problem, overcoming incontinence, pain, or muscle dysfunction. Even during holiday time there can be an opportunity to ‘destress’ in our spa like environment while learning to control symptoms.
Contact us today and we will schedule your convenient appointment time while also answering any questions you may have about treatment. All major insurances accepted.